Scientists working on PROTECT, an online study open to people aged 40 and over, reviewed data from more than a thousand adults to see the effect of playing a musical instrument or singing on brain health, and what they found was that, apart from any benefits it has for emotional wellbeing, it actually improved the memory and cognitive speed of the 40-and-ups.
The study further showed that, in addition to singing and playing music in general, playing piano was actually the most helpful for the brain as people age.
Continuing to play into later life provides even greater benefit.
The work also suggests that singing was also linked to better brain health, although this may also be due to the social factors of being part of a choir or group.
Source: Science Daily