Singing Support Program
Parkinsong is a singing support program by Parkinson’s WA for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s and their partners/carers.
Singing out loud is not only fun, it is also beneficial for people with Parkinson’s as it exercises the lungs and abdominal muscles. Singing is known to be a natural mood regulator as it provides a heightened feeling of wellbeing. The words of each song are transmitted on a large screen so everyone can sing-along together. No previous singing experience is required, just an enjoyment of music and a desire to come together with others in song.
Our Parkinsong teacher Jo Allen is a singing guru with over 20 years of experience spanning across performing, choirs, schools and singing workshops – and she is well loved by the Parkinsong participants. Jo loves to take requests and the groups now have a repertoire of over 180 songs – and this is still growing. The groups also enjoy the social aspect of attending Parkinsong as well as singing as a group – some people even get up and dance together!
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The singing support program provides a range of health and holistic benefits, including:
- regulating breathing
- strengthening the voice
- building-up the vocal chords
- improving mood
- enhancing confidence
- aiding concentration,
- and helping swallowing
There are currently two singing programs located North and South of the River at:
- Mirrabooka – 10.30am to 12.30pm – Herb Graham Recreation Centre, 38 Ashbury Crescent, Mirrabooka
- Karawara – 11.00am to 1.00pm – George Burnett Leisure Centre, Manning Road, Karawara
- Cost: $10 per person, per class.
Over the years many studies have shown the benefits of singing for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s including this study in the USA in 2016 and another one completed in 2017. Plus this recent study in Queensland is much closer to home.
To find out more about the Parkinson’s WA Parkinsong support program call (08) 6457 7373 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the information booklet here
Register to our Support Programs by filling in the form below.