If you’re thinking of becoming a professional musician, and you’re keen on a long lifespan, then you might like to examine a 2014 paper published in the journal Advances in Gerontology. Researchers G.M. Zharinov and V.N. Anisimov [pictured] (of the Russian Scientific Center of Radiology and Surgery Technologies and the Petrov Research Institute of Oncology, St. Petersburg, Russia) examined musicians’ records longevity data (7371 men and 1404 women), and found that :
“In the male sample, the long-livers were conductors (71.1 years, n = 1435), cellists (70.0 years, n = 260), and violinists (70.0; n = 735), while the shortest life spans were registered for rock musicians (45 years; n = 421) and singer-songwriters (54 years; n = 428). The top long-livers among women were harpists (80.9 years, n = 32), harpsichordists (79.9 years, n = 17), and conductors (79.6 years, n = 24).”
See : Music and longevity, Advances in Gerontology, October 2014, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 283–289.
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