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New research demonstrates singing benefits Parkinson’s sufferers

Elizabeth with her father Ron Lord. Photo supplied.

Singing for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) has been shown to have a number of therapeutic benefits including an increased sense of well being, reduced stigma and providing greater opportunities for social engagement according to new research by from Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre (QCRC) and Griffith University. People in China, South Korea and Australia participated in the Sing to beat Parkinson’s research project. Seventy-five Australia’s participated in three of the groups held in Toowoomba, Kalangur and Brisbane City over a six month period.

As part of the Sing to Beat Parkinson’s research Elizabeth Lord successfully facilitated the Brisbane at Southbank choir and found that she was able to co-create ‘a repertoire with the group that we would add to each week, along with a range of fun and dynamic vocal warm up exercises and rounds.’

Following on from this experience Elizabeth is now looking to start a local singing group for people with Parkinson’s.

‘My hope is to establish fun and interactive singing groups in the northern rivers for people with parkinson’s and their carers,’ said Elizabeth.

‘Previous singing experience is not necessary, the groups would run for weekly one-hour sessions in eight week blocks from March 2018. I am still looking into venues but anticipate this beginning in the Brunswick/Ocean Shores area and extending into other areas if the interest is there.’

Elizabeths interest in PD is deeply personal as her father Ron Lord was diagnosed with the disease several years ago.

‘I have seen the impact that this progressive neurological disorder has had on his physical and mental state. The one thing Dad continues to enjoy is singing as it allows him to have some temporary respite from the symptoms of PD.’

If you are interested in finding our more you can contact Elizabeth at [email protected] or phone 0426807260.


One response to “New research demonstrates singing benefits Parkinson’s sufferers”

  1. Jose Ava says:

    My symptoms started at the age of 46. My fingers on my left hand were stiff and were difficult to move. People noticed that my walk was not normal. I was often asked did I hurt. I noticed nothing different about my walk. It was difficult getting up from` a chair and getting out of a car. I was diagnosed a year later and i have to find a better solution and was introduced to try the help of herbal formula. I am now 59 tho and am fully cured from Parkinson’s disease.
    contact Total Cure Herbal Foundation on: Totalcureherbalfoundation gmailcom i had to use the remedies for 15 weeks usage which really help on my condition.
    Ava

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