In retirement, you have more time than ever to pursue passions that got buried by work duties. Did you always have an itch to learn a musical instrument? Well now’s the time to do it! With so many different instruments to choose from, each presenting a different level of challenge (we won’t judge if you choose triangle), you’re never too old to learn something new!
As well as being fun and rewarding, learning how to play an instrument as an older adult has a host of health benefits. Music to your ears? Find out why now is a great time to learn a musical instrument below!
Benefits of learning to play an instrument:
- Good for memory retention
- Reduces stress
- It’s a source of joy
- Encourages you to get creative
- Good environment to meet new people
- Exercises your muscles
Good for memory retention
Learning music is a great mental workout, and can help to combat issues like memory loss that occur when you get older. A study by the National Library of Medicine found that learning an instrument at age 60 or older led to cognitive benefits and increased mental wellbeing. The process of learning an instrument requires the ability to remember information like notes, keys and rhythms. Keep picking up your instrument, learn new songs, and you’ll keep your brain in tip-top condition.
Given that listening to music can often be a stress reliever, it’s no surprise that playing an instrument can act as a form of therapy. Playing an instrument has been shown to reduce both anxiety and depression, occupying your mind and soul with pleasing harmonies. If you ever feel in a bad place, whip out your instrument of choice to blow off some steam.
It’s a source of joy
As well as unloading your stress, playing an instrument is a huge source of happiness. This is because music releases dopamine in your brain that makes you feel happier. You don’t need to be playing in an orchestra to get something out of it - you can find joy from the simple act of playing an instrument. You will also be able to enjoy a sense of fulfilment as you slowly improve your music playing skills.
Encourages you to get creative
If you need something to keep you occupied during retirement, it’s hard to think of anything more productive than learning an instrument. The challenge of learning how to play an instrument will give you plenty of purpose, while the feeling of finally getting good is truly rewarding. It is also a great form of self-expression, giving you a chance to get in touch with your creative side.
Good environment to meet new people
Playing an instrument doesn’t have to be an activity you do alone. In fact, it can be a great way to make friends in retirement! Joining a music club will put you in close contact with people who share your interest in learning, as well as the style of music you play. You can also invite friends, family or grandchildren to hear you play or take part themselves. Who knows, maybe you can put your own band together.
Exercises your muscles
Playing an instrument is great for the soul, but did you know it also has a ton of physical health benefits? As well as increasing your coordination and finger muscles, it can help to slow down many muscle conditions that come with aging, such as muscle and bone loss. This means that you can play your favourite music while strengthening your body.
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