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Active Retirees : Active Retirees June-July 2012
32 | www.probussouthpacific.org woBBle Board Rolph Harris made the instrument famous with Tie me kangaroo down, sport, and others may have accidentally played one when struggling to hold onto a thick piece of cardboard. thereMin An aerial sticking out of a box, the theremin is responsible for the spooky soundtracks in most 1950s science fiction movies. VuVuzela A 60cm-long horn that produces one note, the vuvuzela was made famous at the Soccer World Cup in South Africa. It was subsequently banned from many sporting venues. ukelin Once called a bowed zither, then an Hawaiian art violin, the ukelin is a rectangular violin that sits in your lap. If you happen to have one squirrelled away in your back shed, you may want to dig it out – it might be valuable. feature choir groups for older people. As 72 women performed, Tessa noticed that it was a “choir of all ages”. “I looked at the group of women and saw white hair and black hair alongside flashes of auburn and blonde,” she says. “When you’re in your 70s it is too easy to live in a world made up of other 70-year -olds. But when you’re in a choir, you’re with people of all ages. Meeting younger people is essential if you want to stay active and engaged with your community.” Control As scientists continue their attempts to understand why music benefits health, two important effects of music stand out as key aspects of wellbeing. As Sandra Kirkwood points out, “the ability to control your environment is vital to wellbeing”. Treatment plans that allow people to choose what music they listen to, or how they participate in music, empower people and help them achieve a sense of self-worth and confidence. Further, as Tessa Fothergill explains, “learning music leads to both physical and social wellbeing – you start with mental stimulus, but it opens the door to emotional and social health.” Making time for music – listening, watching and playing – may just be the most important health decision you make – for yourself and your community. •• what instruMent is that?
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