“Music making is linked to a number of health benefits for older adults,” said Dr. Suzanne Hanser, chair of the music therapy department at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. “Research shows that making music can lower blood pressure, decrease heart rate, reduce stress, and lessen anxiety and depression. There is also increasing evidence that making music enhances the immunological response, which enables us to fight viruses.”
It’s no wonder many older Americans are sitting down at the piano or picking up their guitars, woodwinds, and horns. They’re discovering that making music is a perfect hobby for the empty nest and retirement years. Hanser added that it’s a great way to meet new people, get exercise, and challenge the mind — all of which lead to proven social, physical and psychological benefits. At Home Care Assistance Columbus, we encourage our clients to rekindle old hobbies or discover new ones.
But what about those who’ve never played before, or who put down their instrument years ago, after high school or college? Hanser said the philosophy of the recreational music making movement is that anyone, regardless of age or ability, can make music and benefit from it. Check out MakingMusicMag.com to see the wide range of camps that are available in Ohio for musicians of all ages and experience levels.