Music & Bilingual Skills Protects Against Cognitive Decline

Whether you learn to play a musical instrument or speak another language, you’re training your brain to be more efficient, and protecting your brain against cognitive decline and delaying onset of dementia.

Researchers found that musicians and bilingual people utilized fewer brain resources when completing a working memory task, according to recently published findings in the journal, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

These findings show that musicians and bilinguals require less effort to perform the same task, which could also protect them against cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.  A person’s experiences, whether it’s learning how to play a musical instrument or another language, can shape how the brain functions and which networks are used.”

In the study, researchers found that musicians remembered the type of sound faster than individuals, while bilinguals and musicians performed better on the location task.

This suggests that seniors may consider learning a new language or an instrument as a way to train your brain.

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