Choral Singing is Good for You
Jonathan Miller, Sounds Good! Choir, NFP
Statistics from the recent Chorus Impact Study from Chorus America reveal that more than 54 million Americans, 18 years or older, are singing in a choir. Roughly 73% report feeling connected to others through socialization and hold a more positive attitude due to their regular activity in a choir. Three-quarters of adults surveyed report that their first experience in a choir was in elementary, middle school or high school, and nearly 20% of older choristers stated that singing relieved chronic health conditions and improved cognitive ability. In addition, of the estimated 5.6 million people worldwide who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s-related dementia, more and more are singing in “dementia choirs.” With no drug-based cure for dementia, social interventions--such as choirs for people with early-stage memory loss--are improving the social, emotional, and physical well-being of participants and their care partners.