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Senior citizens will find a number of benefits to singing in a choir or other type of musical group. The thrill of performance is only one of many good reasons for older adults to participate regularly in music ensembles or choirs.
Seniors Who Sing in a Choir Increase Lung Capacity
In addition to the many other benefits of seniors singing in a choir, lung capacity is increased as well as general posture. When older adults have a regular practice of deep breathing as is done in choral singing, both health and well-being are more easily maintained.
A natural outcome of sitting up to breathe deeply is improved posture. This postural adjustment turns into habits and leads to better overall posture, thus reducing a senior’s risk of falling.
Older Adults Keep Mind Active by Singing in a Choir
We always hear about the importance of seniors keeping an active mind in order to prevent or reduce memory problems. Singing in a choir is a very effective way of doing just that. There are many tasks in choral singing which tax the senior’s brain including reading notes, word pronunciation in music, digesting new material, and keeping the music organized.
Participating in a choir causes the senior singer to use both sides of the brain. The right side contributes to the creative acts of dynamics and emotional expression whereas the left side exercises the mathematics of music by enabling the older singer to count beats and stay with the rhythm.
Social and Emotional Benefits for Seniors Who Sing Regularly
Seniors who sing with a choir have a reason to get out of the house on a regular basis. The relationships seniors form as a member of a group like a choir grow across the years, providing both enjoyment and support for all who are affiliated with the choir.
This sense of community helps prevent or reduce senior depression (whether seasonal or otherwise) and that feeling some seniors have of not being needed. Participation in a choir allows older singers to know that they are contributing an important service for the church or other group they sing for. This is especially helpful since as people age they may not be able to contribute in ways they had in the past.
The thrill of performance not only increases a senior’s alertness, but inspires compliments, conversations, and connections from the member of the congregation or other audience they are singing for. Many older adults who sing report that there is a therapeutic value in that they usually return from a practice or performance feeling better than before going. What a bonus!
There is no doubt that when older adults sing in a choir they increase lung capacity, keep their minds active, and experience social and emotional benefits on a regular basis. Seniors who participate in regular choir practice and performances are nurturing both their health and general happiness.