Whether you sing along to your favorite songs at home or have always had a passion for belting out tunes, there is increasing evidence that seniors who sing in a choir enjoy multiple health benefits. In fact, studies indicate that singing in a choir can strengthen neural connections, enhancing overall brain health. At Home Care Assistance of Albuquerque, we’re always looking for the latest news in the senior care industry to share with our readers, and wanted to take the time to highlight recent studies about singing for senior health!
The most extensive study to date about seniors singing in choirs was conducted by renowned gerontologist Gene D. Cohen at the Levine School of Music in Washington D.C. in 2006. The average age of the participants in the three-year study was 80 years old, and all experienced significant health benefits, including:
- Fewer medical visits
- Improved eye health
- Less need for medications
- Fewer falls and other injuries
- Better posture
- Easier breathing
Singing in a choir requires seniors to be highly engaged, listening to the pitches and tones of others, while staying in tune rhythmically themselves. Although activities such as singing have been known to engage a variety of brain functions and improved cognitive abilities in developing brains, the scientific community is starting to see that the brain has the capacity to modify its organization throughout life. What does this mean? Although brain plasticity weakens with age, seniors who engage in cognitive demanding activities (singing in particular) show a slower rate of decline. If you have an aging loved one who exhibits early signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia, click here to learn about specialty home care services in Albuquerque.
A second study funded by the NIA at Elmhurst College found that seniors who joined singing groups also experienced better self-esteem, social integration and less incidence of depression. Seniors who participate in choir singing studies also report less loneliness, higher morale and a feeling that they still had something valuable to contribute to society. Stress reduction and improved language and comprehension skills are other benefits of group singing.
For other activities great for senior health, contact Home Care Assistance of Albuquerque today. We have a team of hourly and
live-in caregivers who are available 24/7 and provide encouragement to seniors interested in pursuing passions such as singing! Call 505-798-0800 and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation today.