Adults who engage in music are more likely to self-report their overall health, brain health, and cognitive function as excellent or very good, according to a new report by AARP. The findings come from the 2020 Music and Brain Health Survey, which included 3,185 U.S. adults ages 18 and older and weighted to include a balance of respondents by demographics.
AARP reports that respondents embrace all types of music from different eras with 81 percent of adults polled saying they like music from before their generation, 49 percent like music from after their generation, and just 9 percent only like music from their generation.
The report adds to previous studies showing the benefits of listening to music. AARP finds that adults ages 18 and older who currently listen intently to recorded music are significantly more likely to self-rate aspects of their cognitive function as excellent or very good compared to adults who have never engaged in this activity.
The full survey results and report are available here.