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Seminar examines effects of music on elderly patients

Seminar examines effects of music on elderly patients
12th May 2008

An upcoming seminar will look at the benefits music can have on the health of elderly individuals.

Organised by the Silver Songs Club, a group which operates song clubs for socially isolated people and those suffering from age-related health issues, the seminar will aim to discuss the extent to which music can brighten the lives of these individuals and improve their mental health and physical wellbeing, reports the Mature Times.

Speaking to the publication, senior health lecture Dr Hilary Bungay said: "Participants have told us that the club boosted their feelings of happiness, significantly improved their mental health and physical wellbeing, developed their memory, recall and cognition – and encouraged social interaction."

Dr Bungay concluded that so far research has shown that such clubs can dramatically improve people's quality of life.

Meanwhile, it was recently reported that an entertainment group, Moondance, will be visiting various Barchester care homes this summer, amusing the residents with vintage films and music.