Piano Lessons At 60 Could Stave Off Dementia
New research that's encouraging
Piano lessons could help older people stave off dementia. Researchers from Germany and Switzerland found when people in their sixties and seventies learned to play the piano it strengthened the white matter in their brain, which is known to degrade when memory and concentration problems set in. The benefit came with six months of weekly piano lessons. Researchers note the protective effect appears “to be related to piano training intensity”—so the most committed students would likely see the greatest benefit.