From the November issue of Glamour magazine:
…staying mentally sharp. The best brain-boosting activities:
reading, playing cards or board games and playing a musical instrument. A study found that doing these things three or four times a week reduced the risk of developing memory problems later in life by at least 35 percent.
Hmmm, maybe that explains why my memory in college (despite any partying I might have done and the lack of sleep that goes with it) was so much better than it is now. I thought it was just a part of getting older but maybe I can get back some of my memory edge if I get back to playing my horn! I’m actually playing in the school musical in January so I need to work now on getting my chops up between now and then. And, I’ve played a couple of times with the band lately and it sure feels good to play again. I think I really need to make time and take up Josh (the trumpet private lesson teacher at our school) on his offer of getting together and playing gigs with him.