Singing may help people with Parkinson’s disease

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You’ve probably heard that singing is beneficial to people with Parkinson’s disease in improving respiratory and swallow control. Lately, the researchers from Iowa State University claim that singing may be also beneficial in improving mood and motor function in people with Parkinson’s disease.

The researchers said the improvements in mood and motor symptoms are similar to benefits of taking medication. Although they also caution that the study result is preliminary on a pilot study.

During the research, participants of singing group show elevation of mood every time they finish the singing session, they even showed improvement in finger tapping and the gait, which don’t always respond to medication. Participants were less anxious and sad after singing class.

The research team doesn’t know the mechanism leading to these behavioral changes, which they will keep working on.

For some of us who enjoys singing, it won’t be a surprise that singing makes people less stressed. Yet it’s good to know that singing can benefit people with Parkinson’s disease. Every year there’re more than 200,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease in the U.S. The disease has affected or will affect many families. Singing isn’t a complicated task, thus it’s more likely for caregivers in either family or care centers to arrange for the elder with Parkinson’s disease.

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