This first international singing study involving people with Parkinson’s (PwPs) has demonstrated that group singing can reduce stigma, anxiety and stress and enhance social support in older adults living with the condition.
‘This study with PwPs affirmed that group singing can promote better quality of life and mental well-being. After a 6-month weekly group singing programme, participants experienced reduced anxiety, stress and perceived stigma as well as enhanced social support. Overall, these positive results were similar in both Eastern and Western countries as well as across gender, although there were some differences.
‘Although this study is limited by its design, the findings are encouraging and warrant further research. Given ageing populations and protracted Parkinson’s disease progression in developed countries, group singing therapy could become part of mainstream treatments to improve the quality of life of PwPs.’