The Dallas Park and Recreation Senior Program Division is working with the Dallas Public Library and the Office of Cultural Affairs to give the gift of music to our Active Seniors and Adult Program (ASAP) participants. Our Inspired Aging - Cultural Arts Program featuring local percussionist Len Barnett provided our senior participants with an enlightening 5 week introduction to African Drumming.
Drum circles are becoming popular for all age groups, including seniors. Benefits in seniors include:
- Decreased anxiety and depression
- Improved joint mobility and posture
- An improvement in language ability
- Help with motor skills
- Increased energy
- Improved immunity
- Having fun, and being in the moment
- Making new social connections
- Stress relief
Drumming can be performed while sitting, so people with difficulty being ambulatory can have an enjoyable and uplifting time creating music while getting in some very good exercise.
For those who are not ambulatory, this is a superior way to improve overall health, provide stress relief and improve circulation. Rhythm positively affects the body and has healing properties. It provides a place for the mind, body, and spirit to rejuvenate and remember.