A singing group for persons with Parkinson’s disease will be offered at the Keosauqua Health Care Center, 819 Country Lane Rd. in Keosauqua, IA beginning April 3rd . Those taking part will participate in an 8-session singing group that will take place each Wednesday from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. An estimated one million people in the U.S. live with Parkinson’s disease, the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s. Symptoms vary, but can include tremors; difficulty with balance, swallowing, chewing and speaking; and cognitive impairment. Emerging research suggests that singing – both individual singing as well as participation in groups – may be helpful in Parkinson’s disease by enhancing
voice volume and quality and improving breathing and swallowing.
If you have Parkinson’ disease or know someone who does and would like more information about the singing group, please contact Sara Sprouse at 319-293-3039 or at firstname.lastname@example.org . The singing group is sponsored by Keosauqua Health Care Center, the College of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach-Van Buren County