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Music for the Senior Student

As a person heading for the big "6-OH" birthday next year, I am contemplating the idea of needing to use it or lose it. That not only applies to the aching muscles and creaking bones I seem to have acquired, but also to the brain that I want to keep functioning at its best. The good news from the professional literature (my main field is mental health), is that the old notions about the brain are passe. We can actually learn and keep our brains healthy by exercising them as we age. Keeping mentally active and engaging in challenging mental activities are

ways to do that exercise. Learning to play an instrument is a great form of brain exercise and is fun at the same time. Playing an instrument requires fine motor skills, visual motor coordination, enhancement of math skills and auditory skills, so it exercises many areas of the brain at the same time. It's also a wonderful way to make friends and have opportunities to socialize with others. My e-mail box always has some messages about get-togethers with other musicians. I enjoy playing in three or four different groups and when I retire, I'm looking forward to adding more. Musical performance is a good buffer against loneliness and depression, as it provides an opportunity to give to others. (Altruism is helpful in dealing with depression.)

Much of my music is donated to the community through free concerts; and I have performed with groups at nursing homes, retirement communities, Oktoberfest and more. I will be able to contribute joy to my community long after I've retired from private practice.
If you've ever thought of learning to play an instrument, there's no time like the present to start. It's a pretty inexpensive way to help you stay mentally healthy and happy!
Musical note: Stroke victims, who cannot communicate verbally, sometimes retain the ability to communicate through pitch. I.e., a high pitched sound means "yes" and a low pitched sound means "no."

- Anne Sluyter

Anne Sluyter is a life-long, amature-turned-professional musician.
She has been a therapist in Michigan for over 30 years.

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- Tune Yourself Up - by Robert Yaniz - New Tampa News, September 2006
- Excel Music Owners Share The Joy Of Music With New Tampa - by Melissa O'Brian - New Tampa Neighborhood News, May 2007
- Excel Music: The Art of Teaching Students One Note at a Time - by Alicia Pack - New Tampa & Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News, September/October 2011
- Tony Coleman, Drummer for Blues' Great BB King at Excel Music - by Sheri Thrasher - The Advisor, February 2012