Parkinson’s disease can quiet the voice but won’t dampen patients’ holiday spirit


>>OK. Jingle Bells. Nice and loud. Loud and proud. That’s the name of the game.>>That’s right! Loud and proud.>> 1, 2… (strums guitar) 1, 2, 3, 4. Dashing through the snow… In a one-horse open sleigh…>>Today we had our fourth annual winter sing-along for the Loud and Proud group
for Parkinson’s disease. We came up with this group because we thought there was something missing in terms of exercise for people with Parkinson’s disease. Speech is affected just like walking is affected. A lot of times folks may walk
with smaller steps, and they talk just using a softer, softer voice. So the
thing that we teach a lot of our folks is to think loud when they’re talking. Because thinking loud actually helps their speech to not only get louder, but
to get clearer, to help their vocal quality improve, so it’s a really good
cue, and so we thought it would be a great name to name ourselves the Loud
and Proud group.>>I like the singing and, uh, the fellowship. When you’ve got a big group like this, and sing songs that you all know. Well, I started coming when my husband was alive. He also had Parkinson’s. It helped him … in his speech.>>We sing because it’s a good way to practice using your voice and we do
that in a group because we know that it can also increase the amount of facial
expression people with Parkinson’s have. There are some studies that show that singing in a group actually helps people to get more facial expression.>>I would say take any group that you can find. Try to deal with the Parkinson’s in
any way that you can. Because the more information that you have, the more
information is going to help.>>So, it’s for exercise, it’s for camaraderie, it’s for all the other good things that singing does for people. (music continues)>>Merry Christmas. Bye.>>Love you, bye.>>See you next month.>>Next year!>>Yeah, next year! Great!

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