"Playing a musical instrument throughout life may help fight cognitive decline as we age. Older musicians perform better on cognitive tests than individuals who did not play an instrument, according to a new study published in the April issue of Neuropsychology."
"The preliminary study was correlational, meaning that the higher cognitive performance of the musicians couldn’t be conclusively linked to their years of musical study."
We look forward to further research.
Doing it because you want to. Doing it because of its own rewards.
I heard an interview awhile back with a former NHL player talking about parents who want their kids to live the dream and make the NHL. He said something to this effect. "If the kid's head is not in the game, no amount of training is going to help". And, that is a decision the player makes for himself. Parental pressure isn’t going to do it.
If you are a mature adult musician who has stuck with it for decades you are intrinsically motivated. The question at our age is often, “how do I stay fresh and excited about what I’m doing?”
A list of thoughts:
No rotator cuff injury. That was a close call. I got a second opinion from a physiotherapist. Good move on my part. These arms need to last at least another decade of professional music making, maybe even 15 years. That's a lot of $$$ on the line. No time or place for screwing around or fooling myself.
I'm happy to report that icing and stretching is doing the trick.
What's the take away from this experience?
Drummers upper body workout: http://drummagazine.com/a-drummers-upper-body-workout/
How injuries occur in playing the piano: https://books.google.ca/books?id=43wThWiJe20C&pg=PA142&lpg=PA142&dq=pianist+fitness&source=bl&ots=7FIADFgF6p&sig=PtZqL0mANnwtxEEbTBggRsGbXZY&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiR-63j5vfQAhVP_WMKHUrWDe0Q6AEITjAI#v=onepage&q=pianist%20fitness&f=false
David Story: Professional pianist, drummer, composer, and educator. Well into his 4th enthusiastic musical decade, David works with adults pursuing musical dreams in the autumn of life, while he maintains an active presence in the Toronto arts scene.