Singing enhances quality of life and rehabilitation for people with Parkinson’s, stroke, Alzheimer’s

A team led by Professor Suzanne Purdy at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Brain Research is researching the value of its CeleBRation Choir for people who have communication problems through brain disease. The members of the Choir are people who live with the effects of stroke, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease, along with other neurological conditions. People with these conditions may have problems speaking but find they can still sing.

A study focusing on people with Parkinson’s Disease says that: a) musical rhythm in group singing may enhance quality of life, and rehabilitation b) singing produces two socio-psychological states – connectedness and flow – that may yield these health benefits c) the best results are likely to come from familiar music with melodic distinctiveness and a regular beat.

Image from Pixabay, reproduced under Creative Commons CC0.


Centre for Brain Research:

Disability and Rehabilitation Journal:


BENEFIT: Brain disease and recovery, Parkinson’s Disease
TARGET GROUP: Older people
AGE: Unspecified
TYPE OF STUDY: Academic research
DATE: 2011
PLACE: New Zealand

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