Seniors Get Back to the Beat
“New Horizons,” a musical group affiliated with Duke University’s lifelong learning program is part of a nationwide effort to encourage seniors to come back to playing music or start for the first time ever. The musicians are from all backgrounds and include professors, bankers, fundraisers, and parents who all quit playing music or never started, and wanted to visit it again. Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, a Duke expert on Alzheimer’s Disease, believes that playing music can provide many benefits including a sense of belonging and enjoyment as well as a boost in brain function. “It’s a form of brain training; performing music has benefits that go above and beyond listening to music,” said Dr. Doraiswamy.
The News & Observer, May 16, 2009