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What Do Healthy Aging and Chamber Music Playing Have In Common?

Keeping the Beat
Healthy Aging Through Amateur Chamber Music Playing

Ada P. Kahn, Ph.D.

copyright © 1999 by Ada P. Kahn

illustrations by Larry Ege

0-930121-01-5 (paperbound)
0-930121-02-3 (hardbound)

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 99-90765

Find out when you read interviews with 24 spirited amateur musicians as they relate their experiences and the importance of chamber music in their lives.

  • Participation in music contributes to new and long-lasting friendships
  • Musical activities provide challenges, goals, and a sense of mastery
  • Playing musical instruments involves physical and mental exercise

Excerpts from the Foreword to Keeping the Beat

Keeping the Beat is about the joys of tuning-up mature minds and bodies through participation in music making. It lifts their spirits and relieves an accumulation of life's stresses.

The players you will read about in Keeping the Beat have indeed experienced "The Mozart Effect"®. All music participation affects their moods. It makes them feel happier, inspired, excited, empowered, comforted, or heroic. Read and enjoy their stories. They will be inspirational not only to musicians, but to all who want to know more about one avenue toward healthy aging.

Don Campbell, author, The Mozart Effect®

Also by Ada P. Kahn

Ada P. Kahn, Ph.D.; Foreword by Delbert H. Meyer, M.D.

Published: 2006
ISBN: 0816059373
Format: Hardcover

Praise for the previous edition:
"...a useful addition to many libraries."—American Reference Books Annual

Many doctors agree that stress may be a significant factor in nearly 80 percent of their patients’ ailments. The Encyclopedia of Stress and Stress-Related Diseases, Second Edition, provides a clear, comprehensive reference to all types of stress, their causes, their impact on health, and how to cope with and treat them. In more than 800 entries, this revised and updated book covers advances in mental health, new information about stress, and new forms and causes of stress. The bibliography has been expanded, and the resources section has been updated and reorganized for ease of use.

New and revised entries include accidents, chemical hazards, dating, electronic devices, falling merchandise, flexible work hours, gestalt therapy, identity theft, noise, parental after-school stress (PASS), road rage, and social phobias.




Ada P. Kahn, Ph.D.;

Jan Fawcett, M.D.

Published: 2007
ISBN: 0816064547
Format: Hardcover


Excerpts from a review of The Encyclopedia of Mental Health, 3rd edition....Booklist,

May, 2008 

The third edition includes everything from the previous editions and strives to keep pace with our constantly changing world. .. the focus has shifted to embrace contemporary issues  and the coping mechanisms at our disposal. Entries on topics such as aging, culture shock, depression, homelessness, layoffs, migration, post-traumatic stress disorder and road rage reflect current world conditions.

The Encyclopedia of Mental Health presents an excellent broad overview of the mental-health field - topics, prominent names, drugs, and organizations. Geared for general readers, it is intended to complement other resources and is recommended for consumer-health collections.