A study of approximately 300 twins ascertained that those who were capable to make music had a one-third decreased risk of acquiring the condition. It is shown that twins, had 36 percent decreased chances to develop cognitive dysfunctions and dementia, who played a musical instrument in older adulthood.
In accordance with a study published in International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, it is recorded that playing musical instruments during growing up phases may reduce the chances of developing memory loss a.k.a Alzheimer disease.
Researchers stated that very little analysis had been made out in the study, of the effects on dementia of playing music as a leisure activity, one being a genetically suspect able individual and the others being without it.
The researchers were able to attain their goal because they did their study on monozygotic identical twins, 157 sets of them. Because identical twins share 100 percent of their genetic material, while non-identical, or dizygotics share only 50 percent, on an average.
The study was done on sets of identical twins, in which only one of the pair was affected with dementia. It helped them to track down the root of disease in the affected one while at the same time they learned the protective factors being elucidated in the healthy one.
Certain factors were taken care of like sex, physical activates and educational background, it was found that twins who had adopted to play music in their early adolescence as a leisure activity were at a 36 percent lesser risk of Alzheimer’s disease and its manifestations like dementia, cognitive dysfunction etc.
“Despite sharing numerous genetic propensities and environmental exposures during formative developmental years, dissimilarities in music engagement were associated with differences in dementia occurrence within twin pairs, and the association is not explained by education or physical activity,” stated the researchers from the University of California, writing in the International Journal of Alzheimer’s disease.