Here's some news that will make you wish you hadn't quit those piano lessons: a study finds that musicians have brains that function better than their peers well into old age. If you want to keep your mind healthy and sharp, the answer might be to pick up an instrument.
Researchers looked at senior citizens and found that the musicians among them had higher IQs, memorized words better, and performed better at visual tasks. Moreover, the number of years each musician played for was linked to how well they performed on each test. Looks like a lifetime of music can be a mind saver.
Perhaps it's time to dust off the piano and start tickling the ivories.