Sing For Better Health
Udita leads six popular weekly singing groups. They are for older people, or anybody any age with long-term health problems (e.g. breathing difficulties, Parkinson's, Depression, Alzheimer's, MS, Stroke, Heart conditions, Cancer, mental health problems). More ...
They are also a great chance to make friends and have fun! You don't have to be able to sing!
Their aim is to improve health and wellbeing, using a combination of relaxation/ stretching/breathing exercises, and singing songs together. We want to support people with long-term health problems cope better with daily life, help to prevent illnesses, physical/ mental deterioration and resulting social isolation.
These are the results of the newest research project into the benefits of singing on health and well-being, conducted by a student at the Medical School of Sussex University, using our singing groups.
Breathing and Posture:
• 71.5% increased control in breathing
"It has helped me a lot in learning how to get over periods of breathlessness and get my breathing back into control"
"I couldn't go up a short flight of stairs without resting twice and I couldn't go up the street I lived in, [...]. since I've started the singing class, I can do both things."
• 14.2% increased vocal projection
"I've got Parkinson's and it's helped me feel better. I was never depressed but it has lifted my spirits even more and it's helped me project my voice, and it's given me confidence."
Social and Mood:
• 81% created new friendships
"But what is good is we notice if someone hasn't been well for a long time. We ask where they are and if they are alright. We care; we miss the people that aren't here."
• 19% felt able to join other groups
"I think a lot of older people. I know I do, just feel as if they're a nuisance and in the way. When I am here I get over that quite easily."
• 71.4% increased their sense of happiness
"It's made me appreciate life and it's good."
Healthcare professionals and medication use:
•24% decreased number of GP visits
"I feel that I've spent less time going back to my doctors with flare-ups of my COPD."
• 9% decreased hospital admissions
"[...] have been able to stay away from my doctor and the hospital and avoid the use of antibiotics and steroids."
• 19% decreased medication use
"I haven't had antibiotics for at least a year now."
With thanks to:
R. Wheatley, student at Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Dr. K. Walker-Bone, BSMS
Dr. L. Marshall-Andrews GP, Futurehealth
Dr. S. Andersen, Futurehealth
Singing profoundly benefits health and wellbeing - this is the experience of our group, which is also generally well documented.
The groups depend on grants and donations. Please support our work and donate via https://localgiving.com/charity/singforbetterhealth
People's Day, Brighton, 14 July 2012, photo by Jerry Webb.
More info: www.singforbetterhealth.co.uk
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