Here’s your safety tip for today: learning to play a musical instrument can stave off dementia. Studies on 157 pairs of twins—people that share 100% of their genetic makeup—show that cultivating your musical talent can decrease your chances of dementia by a third.
That’s even after accounting for things like sex, education, physical activity and everything else. Of those 157 pairs of twins, the ones who played a musical instrument were 36% less likely to develop some kind of cognitive impairment in old age. We’re not talking about going pro with music; playing the guitar, piano or whatever as a leisure activity is enough. And the studies say that it doesn’t matter when you take up an instrument, just as long as you’re playing in older adulthood.
Once again, if you want to keep your brain, learn to play music.