Debbie Phyland has a simple theory: if you sound in good shape, you probably are.
“Your quality of life and your voice are intricately related: if people’s voices sound good they feel good and vice versa,” she says. “If you’re upset or angry, your voice reflects that. We know there is a strong emotional connection with the voice and that’s been shown in numerous research studies.”
In a paper on the research project they are preparing for publication in an academic journal, Ms Phyland, Dr Oates and Ms Tay say voice exercises may be effective in reversing or lessening negative perceptions and impacts associated with the ageing voice.
Mickie shared they enjoy getting together for their weekly practices and especially enjoy performing outside of Potter Ridge together with their peers. They get many compliments which builds their confidence, self-esteem and helps meet that need of having a purpose fulfilled. “Several things….the people, good time together and yack, and going out to the different places and meet more people.” stated Gordy, another choir member. “Going out in the community and being with people that aren’t as mobile.” is one of the reasons Mary, one of the choir members, enjoys participating.