Musical experience can also help people continue to be able to understand the conversation that is taking place in a noisy environment. This ability often diminishes as we age, but if we've engaged in musical activity throughout our life, our brains are better able to make the distinctions that help us follow a conversation, even at higher decibel levels.
It doesn't seem to matter if the music is Handel or Hip Hop - both contain certain elements that stimulate the brain and help us maintain those synapses that we need to make sense of our world. So even if you're not a musician, just singing along with your favorite tune, regularly, can help keep you connected - through hearing and speech - to those around you. Without those connections, older adults tend to isolate, which can lead to depression.
So turn up your radio, put on your dancin' shoes, and have at it! It's not only fun, it's way less expensive than a facelift!