Clinical Effects of Choral Singing for Older Adults


Music and Medicine




This paper presents a literature summary overviewing the clinical effects of choral singing with a focus on older adults. As part one of a two part paper, this review helps to establish the framework for the research study 'Singing for Health Connection and Care' presented in part two. Information is offered on the psychophysiological effects of singing; social benefits of singing; emotional benefits of singing; music in long-term care facilities and outcomes for persons with dementia and their caregivers. To date, the studies conducted as examined in this review show promising results for physical, emotional, and mental health, however further research is needed. This analysis of the literature provides the necessary background information to implement future choral singing studies with older adults and their caregivers, and serves to support the need for the study undertaken in part two. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Alzheimer's and Related Dementias; Community Music Experience; Elderly; Emotional Functioning; Mental Health; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Nursing Home; Psychological Outcomes; Recreative Music Methods; Singing a Song; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

singing; mood; wellness; older adults; caregivers; Health; Long Term Care; Dementia; Emotional States; Gerontology; Well Being

Study Type

Editorial, Opinions, Position Papers

Document Type