The study of 390 participants from 12 senior centers measured:
- Cognitive function Attention and executive function were tested.
- Lower body strength Participants were given a timed sit-to-stand test to assess their ability.
- Emotional well-being Participants were rated on the frequency of depressive symptoms including feeling down, having little interest in things, trouble sleeping, being tired, having poor appetite, feeling bad about themselves, having trouble concentrating or moving slowly.
One key finding from the study is that participants felt that choir participation gave them increased self-efficacy. This outcome is an important quality for many seniors to have to be able to make decisions as they age.
After reading the article, go join a choir, lift your voice, and live a life with better quality and longevity.