According to study, music could be the secret in the fight against dementia: “Profound effect”

There’s nothing like a nostalgic song to take you back to a special time and place – and now a new study has shown that music can help preserve those memories for a lifetime.

Researchers at the University of Exeter have found that people who “engage with music” throughout their lives tend to have improved memory and better overall brain health as they age, according to a press release.

The results were published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.


“The main message here is that different ways of engaging with music over the course of life may be associated with different benefits,” lead researcher Anne Corbett, a professor of dementia research at the University of Exeter, told Fox News Digital.

“This has implications for public health and the importance of incorporating music into mainstream education and maintaining it throughout life or reviving it in middle to late life,” she continued.

A new study has shown that music can help protect memory and cognitive function throughout life. (iStock)

The scientists analyzed data from more than 1,107 people aged 40 and over who had not been diagnosed with dementia. They were all participants in the PROTECT study, a long-standing British research initiative focused on Brain health and dementia which has been running since 2015.

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Data for this particular study was collected between March 2019 and March 2022. Participants completed questionnaires reporting their experiences playing a musical instrument, singing, reading music, and listening to music.

They also rated the level of their skills.

The participants, who were 83% female and had an average age of 67, also took an online cognition test to measure their memory and executive functions.

It also showed that those who sang regularly had better brain health, the…

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