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Listening to music or playing music keeps our brains active and makes us feel younger and good inside. You are never too old to learn a musical instrument if you’ve always wanted to. Retirement offers you the free time, and often the financial freedom to pursue such ventures.

Learning songs, or better still learning an instrument also helps with improving memory. Music reduces stress levels, calms you and improves your overall mood. Whether it’s smashing out the hits while you’re cooking dinner, listening to jazz while you are driving in the car, or playing your favourite song on the piano, music is good for your well-being.

Last but not least, sometimes retirees find it difficult to pass the time with so much extra time after work life. Learning an instrument helps to keep you occupied and can reduce boredom. Learning an instrument can also be social. There are often group classes on offer, or open mic nights at venues. And there’s nothing like a good old singalong with friends and family when you have social gatherings.

You don’t need to learn an instrument to benefit from music though. Listening to music is equally as enjoyable and can be a very social thing to do as well. Going to rock ‘n’ roll nights, tribute shows or to see your favourite performer with friends can be so entertaining. Music is transportable, enjoyable and for all ages.

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