Music-Based Program May Boost Seniors’ Brain Function, Mood

Dr. Melany Hars, from Geneva University Hospitals, says that a certain 6-month program, Jacques-Dalcroze eurhythmics, shows improvement in mood and cognition benefits in older adults. Jacques-Dalcroze eurhythmics is a specific, music-based training program that had previously shown that it improves gait and reduces falls. In Dr. Hars’ study, participants performed different multitasking skills like walking in rhythm with a piano and playing a percussion instrument to the beat of the piano. The participants also had to complete quick reaction tasks such as stopping and starting suddenly.

GMA News, November 30, 2013