South Shore Conservatory Announces New Parkinson's Chorus

South Shore Conservatory (SSC) announced recently the creation of Singing with Parkinson’s, a chorus designed for individuals living with Parkinson's disease and their care partners. This new chorus, a partnership between SSC and the South Shore YMCA, is supported by a grant from the American Parkinson Disease Association, MA Chapter. The first session starts Wednesday, January 16 at the Laura Center for the Arts, South Shore YMCA, 97 Mill Street, Hanover.

“SSC is excited to partner with the South Shore YMCA to bring the first specialized chorus of this type on the South Shore,” said Kathy Czerny, SSC president.  “For years, we have witnessed the power music has to touch all populations, and we hope this weekly musical interlude serves to brighten the lives of all who participate.”

Research shows that those participating in organized music groups experience a sense of belonging.  This is especially meaningful to those dealing with a progressive disease, which can be isolating. Neurologically, music affects the brain and muscles in a way that allows individuals to use their voice and move their bodies more effectively and powerfully. In addition, the structure of music and its ability to re-circuit in our brains when areas shut down, provides opportunity for individuals living with Parkinson’s to address multiple symptoms in a fun and social way.  Singing in a chorus provides patterns, practice habits, and social engagement, designed to maintain not just skills, but quality of life.

Learn more about SSC and the program here.

Published: January 04, 2019