Expressing Yourself Through Music

Posted on October 17, 2017 in Health and Wellness

 

“Music is a higher revelation
than all wisdom and philosophy.
Music is the electrical soil
in which the spirit lives, thinks, and events.”
~ Ludwig Von Beethoven

 


Beethoven believed, nearly 200 years ago, that music is essential and necessary for spiritual happiness, success, and well-being. Two hundred years later, we’ve learned enough about successful living to understand just how wise his words were.

 

As it turns out, music helps out in more ways than most people realize, making it a critical component for all people who are aging.

Playing a Musical Instrument can Help Prevent Dementia

Learning to play a musical instrument as an adult results in a substantially lower risk of dementia and other cognitive impairment, according to the Dementia Research Foundation of Australia. A study of 157 sets of twins (in which one had been diagnosed with some form of cognitive impairment while the other had not) discovered that participants who played an instrument in older adulthood had a 64 percent lower risk of developing dementia.  

Exercise Your Brain by Learning to Play an Instrument

Sixty and Me reports that music does for the brain what circuit training, cycling through various exercise machines does for the body in a single workout. Playing a musical instrument involves the use of a number of different areas of the brain at the same time. In terms of physical exercise, it’s akin to circuit training, moving from one exercise to another.

Ohio Living Llanfair is a Masterpiece Living Community. As such, residents are consistently encouraged to learn and experience new things, express themselves artistically, and more. In fact, Ohio Living Llanfair has a drum circle that utilizes hand drums and various percussion instruments. Residents are invited to participate in the festivities just as they are invited to perform in the resident-led Kazoo band.

What is the Kazoo? It’s a musical instrument that operates with vocalizations of the player who hums into the instrument, which in turn changes the timbre of the voice and adds a buzzing quality thanks to its vibrating membrane. While the exact origins of the Kazoo remain unknown, it is believed to have been invented in 1840 by an African American named Alabama Vest.

Explore Your Spiritual Side with Music

Joining a church choir or playing hand bells for a church is a great way to not only expand your mind and reduce your risks of cognitive impairments or dementia, but it’s also a great way to fulfill the spiritual aspects of Masterpiece Living. Some people even volunteer or are hired to play the piano for their churches too. Some larger churches feature full orchestras while others have praise bands that might include many different musical instruments including woodwinds, brass, strings, etc.

Listening to Music for Nostalgia and More

Of course, listening to music being performed either live or recorded has its own set of benefits. Hearing songs from the past has been proven to help many Alzheimer’s patients settle in moments of agitation and can bring back happy memories for almost anyone. Music can be as powerful as your sense of smell when it comes to bringing back strong memories and associations of the past.

Now that you understand a little more about music and the opportunities Ohio Living Llanfair offers residents to explore music for their intellectual and spiritual health, it’s time to learn more about the benefits of calling Ohio Living Llanfair home.