Music is enjoyable and a form of communication. Drums were used to communicate across a distance by early man. Recently, science has proven music to be much more than pure enjoyment or communication. Listening to music has shown to benefit the human brain. It reduces stress and depression by lifting mood, boosting immunity and aiding social bonding. It has been shown to increase cognition by enhancing reading, reasoning and mathematical ability. It improves memory and has positive health outcomes for premature infants, autistic children, learning disabilities, those suffering emotional trauma, physical disabilities, pain, depression, Parkinson’s and more. Listening to music releases dopamine in the brain, the “feel good” neurotransmitter. Pine Valley staff received special training on the benefits of music and use it to enhance the lives of residents, and would like to share the positive effects of music with you. Why not do yourself some good and join Pine Valley February 14 from 1:30-3 pm for the Jim Gorman band in the Community Room. On March 18th from 2-3 pm, Brass in the Pines ensemble will play in the Community Room. Both events are free and the public is welcome.