Benefits of Running a Multicultural Singing Project Among Older Adults in a Naturalistic Residential Environment: Case Studies of Four Residential Care Homes in England

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Abstract

A multicultural choir formed of young people, adults and children from a local community completed a two-year ‘visit and sing’ intervention with older adults in four different care homes in England. Songs were suggested by the residents, and singing sessions were run in communal areas. Attendance, involvement, and engagement with group singing sessions were recorded to descriptively evaluate the singing project.
Group singing appears to be a beneficial intervention for older adults in care homes, and could be implemented to reduce loneliness and improve wellbeing. Voluntary organisations should be encouraged to work together with care settings to support older adults and improve social connections.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Gerontological Nursing
Volume48
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2022

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Keywords

  • group singing, multicultural choir, care homes, older adults, loneliness, wellbeing

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