According to Professor Graham Welch, Chair of Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, who has studied the developmental and medical aspects of singing for 30 years. He found that the health benefits of singing are both physical and psychological. “Singing has physical benefits because it is an aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the blood stream and exercises major muscle groups in the upper body, even when sitting. Singing has psychological benefits because of its normally positive effect in reducing stress levels through the action of the endocrine system which is linked to our sense of emotional well-being. Psychological benefits are also evident when people sing together as well as alone because of the increased sense of community, belonging and shared endeavour."
Caregiver Suraya Brown from Home Instead Senior Care has first hand knowledge that this is true! Suraya takes her client Debbie out on a companionship call every week in the car. Whilst driving they sing along to Disney music. Debbie says "I love Disney songs, sesame street and I love coming out with Ray (she cannot pronounce Suraya)! Suraya says "It’s such a pleasure being with Debbie, she is always happy, smiley and we have so much fun together, singing and laughing. Our companionship time is so amazing and makes my job so rewarding.”
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