Sing to Beat Parkinson’s

Losing the voice can have a major impact on one’s quality of life.  There is a growing body of evidence that shows that singing can help people living with Parkinson’s retain their voice quality for longer.

Watch members of the Skylarks singing group in Kent in action and find out more about the benefits of singing for people living with Parkinson’s or find more detailed information from the ‘Singing and people with Parkinson’s’ report (PDF) published by the Sidney de Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, Canterbury Christchurch University in 2012.

Playing for Cake has brought Sing to Beat Parkinson’s (STBP) to North Norfolk!  Click the following links to find out more about our local Singing for Health or Skylarks group sessions.

Our practitioners are trained by STBP to ensure we can deliver the highest quality sessions for our participants and their carers.  Most importantly, we guarantee that these sessions will always be fun! Find out more about STBP, its research and the type of training our practitioners have attended here (video published by Sing to Beat Parkinson’s and filmed during a training event in 2018)

Louise, our Speech and Language Therapist has produced some tips, advice and exercises for People with Parkinson’s to help improve speech (PDF)

Our members tell us frequently how singing with others improves their  symptoms and quality of life. Here’s a report in  ‘Medical News Today’ (2016) that also evidences these findings!

Here you can view an inspiring short video produced by the ‘Sing Out’ project (YouTube)

YouTube Videos to help you continue your practice at home/between sessions!  This resource has been published by the Sidney De Haan Research Centre.

Also see the Recommunicate Speech YouTube channel for breathing and vocal exercises that help improve voice quality and abdominal breathing (which supports the voice, reduces stress and anxiety and improves lung/general health) . These videos have been produced by Louise Lim, our Speech, Language and Communication consultant from Recommunicate Speech.

Videos for some singing practice at home – see Sing with Helen on YouTube!

You can also search YouTube for karaoke songs – there are lots! This can be great fun and help provide some practice between group sessions. However, remember to warm-up gradually, don’t strain your voice, drink plenty of fluids and cool down gently afterwards to your normal speaking voice!

Order a free DVD from the British Lung Foundation (BLF) website – ‘Stay Active, Stay Well’ here. This DVD shows how you can be active in your own home at a level that’s right for you. It takes you through a warm up, aerobic and strengthening exercises as well as a cool down and stretching. Although produced for people with lung conditions, it is also suitable for others. It includes tips on how you can manage breathlessness and setting yourself goals.

The BLF also has some advice online to help keep yourself healthy and exercise at home for better lung health.

Enjoy some online ‘virtual choir sessions’ produced by Voices of Aphasia. Great for some practice at home!

Parkinson’s UK runs various support groups across North Norfolk. See here more information about the North Walsham and Aylsham group (led currently by Andy Harding). Andy is currently running weekly online meetings (including lots of fun activities!) during the coronavirus outbreak.