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Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart drums at AARP meeting

Leads drum circle at convention and tells attendees music has therapeutic powers


Longtime Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart came to New Orleans with a message for thousands of attendees at the AARP’s national convention: Music has therapeutic powers.

Hart spoke about the importance of music and playing instruments. He led a drum circle with hundreds of drummers at the convention of the advocacy group for older Americans, which ended on Saturday.

Hart and neurologist Adam Gazzaley, a professor at the University of California at San Francisco, spoke about research showing music has a positive effect on the brain and how playing music can help offset the mental declines of aging.

Throughout the convention attendees could visit a music-making pavilion.