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Research study brings music to Uniting Wontama residents

1 May 2019

Residents of Uniting Wontama in Orange are involved in a University of Sydney research study to identify the effects of group music in individuals who have cognitive decline, including a diagnosis of dementia.

Speech Pathologist and Higher Degree Research student Penelope Monroe is running the three month study which involves holding regular voluntary choral sessions for residents of the care facility.

“This is an exciting study which our residents are thoroughly enjoying. We had so many people volunteering to participate that the study includes two choir groups,” said Uniting Wontama Service Manager Helen Mobbs.

After six weeks of practicing twice a week in two two-hourly sessions, the group will perform as a choir at Wontama this Friday morning.

The study is examining the impact of regular group singing on the cognitive communication skills and quality of life of individuals who have cognitive decline and/ or a diagnosis of dementia.

Part of the study has involved recording conversations between the residents and people they know well, such as regular care staff, both before and after they have been involved in the choral singing group.

“While we don’t yet know the official research results, we can see that they have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of group singing some old favourites together,says Helen.

What: Choir performance at Wontama Aged Care, 30 - 38 Byng Street, Orange

When: Friday 3 May 2019, 11.15am (performance time is approximately 20 minutes)


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