Friday, 1 April 2016

Expressive Singing In Parkinson's Disease

By: Esztella Vezer 

Based on the findings of a novel study that our lab conducted last year, last June we set up a choir exclusively for people with Parkinson’s Disease, a neurodegenerative disease that affects the muscles of the body, including the face and vocal cords. Through emotionally expressive singing, the choir is specialized to target facial expressiveness and vocal deficits that are so common in Parkinson’s, and our research team is currently tracking improvements in these areas. The first term of the choir ended in early September, but its popularity and impact motivated everyone involved to help keep it going. With several fundraising performances by the choir, the generosity of donors enabled us to keep the choir singing into the fall and winter, and there are exciting plans to expand the program even further.