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Singing is good for older people

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Engaging in creative activities such as singing can have a significant impact on the physical and mental health of older people, UK researchers have said.

Over six months, they interviewed nearly 50 older people who attended one of 36 Silver Song Clubs in south-east England.

All the older people surveyed reported health benefits from the community singing groups, including helping with feelings of depression and improved social skills.

Lead author Ann Skingley, senior lecturer in social work, community and mental health at Canterbury Christ Church University, said the singing also helped stimulate memory, improved coordination and helped breathing in those with a history of asthma.

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