Many people wait for their retirement to accomplish their lifelong dream. They feel they finally have the time to do what they always wanted to do but never had the opportunity- like learning to play the piano. For some, they were young and pleaded with their parents to stop learning the piano, for others; perhaps they did not have the financial means. While others have always wanted to run their fingers down the ivories.
As a retiree, there are many benefits to having piano as an enjoyable pastime. It is a great activity to keep the mind and body active. Studies indicate that taking piano lessons can make seniors feel healthy and younger. This favorable and lasting effect on mental health is particularly helpful for those that are retired.
Research in piano pedagogy has shown that music is not only a social phenomenon but it also has positive biological and neurological health benefits for the elderly. According to Neurological Research (February 28, 1997), piano students are better equipped to comprehend mathematical and scientific concepts.
Those who received piano/keyboard training performed 34 percent higher on tests measuring spatial temporal ability. Playing the piano stimulates many areas of the brain. Coordination is learned by reading notes from a page while simultaneously moving your fingers along the keyboard.
Music is helpful for residents who are looking to have some kind of interesting activity to do in the day; for those suffering with arthritis, playing the keys would help exercise the fingers; for those having some problem with memory, it would help stimulate the mind and of course music is good for the soul.
Piano playing is one of the most relaxing activities to relieve stress and anxiety. If you become proficient enough, you can play piano at social events and parties. Such activities will create a satisfying and emotionally gratifying experience. You may have an opportunity to play piano at churches or other venues, which can be immensely fulfilling. The possibilities are endless.