According to a study published online November 7 in "Age and Aging," a music-based exercise program enhances cognitive function and decreases anxiety in older adults.
"The take-home message is that 6 months of music-based multitask training that uses a specific training regimen has beneficial effects on cognition and mood in older adults," said lead study author Mélany Hars, PhD, Division of Bone Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine Specialities, Geneva University Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland.
The study was a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial of a program that uses a combination of music, rhythm, and exercise that was previously shown to improve gait and reduce falls.
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