Playing an instrument has been found to improve memory, spatial reasoning, literacy, speed of processing, ability to plan, and other cognitive functions. However, despite these benefits, it is likely that learning an instrument does not appear at the top of retirees' bucket lists. And why not? Often, it is because of a lack of motivation to learn an instrument. Seniors and retirees often feel that they are too old for such a task. Of course, this is not true.
Many 55+ adults have proven that they can learn to play instruments (and achieve all kinds of other things) that have improved their health and well-being. So, we hope that you don't let these opportunities pass up and make them part of your retirement hobbies. If you do, you may experience these benefits:
Why You Should Learn a Musical Instrument in Retirement
1. Strengthen Memory Retention
Learning to play any instrument provides a healthy and regular mental workout. It develops sharper memory and coordination. The goal here is not necessarily to become a professional musician. Instead, it is to improve your current mental state and continue learning and improving.
2. Develop Greater Concentration
The capability to focus improves when you learn to play an instrument because the activity demands all parts of the brain to get involved. When you concentrate, you can accomplish tasks more efficiently. And these do not only apply to music. Once you get yourself to learn and practice to focus better, you can extend this to other tasks in our daily lives.
3. Bring a Sense of Accomplishment
It applies to everybody. To accomplish something brings a positive feeling, making you feel more confident and livelier. As mentioned, it is never too late to learn to play an instrument. In fact, it makes for a great item to add to your retirement bucket list.
Playing an instrument, whether it is a guitar, piano, trumpet, saxophone, drums, flute, or any other, can make for good physical exercise. The muscles that you move develop along with your breathing and cardio.
5. Stress Relief
Whenever you find yourself with anxiety, you can use a musical instrument as a distraction. It preoccupies you until you feel calmer. Studies supporting that music can help to cope with insomnia, depression, and anxiety.
6. Establish New Relationships
By playing music, you can easily find yourself involved in a community where you can meet new friends. Finding new people and developing new relationships help build moral support. Music is a good starting point for a conversation as it is widely known, experienced, and enjoyed.
7. Improve Physical Coordination
As you practice playing the instrument, you use different parts of our body. From your head, fingers, hand, and sometimes even your feet to the rhythm of the beat. Overall, this encourages you to develop better coordination that you can also apply in other daily activities.
8. Express One's Self
Music lets you express yourself are as an individual. Whether you are playing an original piece or covering a song you love. Your form of self-expression reinforces how unique you are as a person. This is one of the important aspects that we tend to forget and that we should strive to cultivate more.
9. Challenge Yourself
Despite age, we should still strive to better ourselves because this is what keeps us going. Playing a musical instrument is one way you can challenge yourself to learn new things. Even when you have managed to learn one instrument, there are still many others to try.
10. Boost Happiness and Positivity
Music has its way of keeping us in a positive mood. If you notice, good music makes us smile more and places us in a happier state. Playing music brings this experience to the next level. You can feel pride in making yourself and others experience this happiness.
Learning to play an instrument could feel challenging, but it is doable. We should not hinder ourselves from discovering new things that we can do despite the age. We think that regardless of age, you deserve to grow to find purpose in what you do.
Or, have you picked an instrument, and you're trying to learn how to play it? Check out our post, The Top Resources to Learn to Play an Instrument from Home!