Exploration of the relationship between choral singing and successful aging.
This paper describes a retirement village community chorus of 49 with the goal of understanding the place of choral activities in the lives of these older people. Group musical activity provides a link to previous satisfying experiences and serves as a preventive measure against alienation. However, the nature of the activity may be consistent with a willingness to give up some inner directedness. Additional research is recommended since the present design with a comparison group of 49 non-choral members did not allow separation of effects of selection from those of activity.
Wise, George W., David J. Hartmann, and Bradley J. Fisher. "Exploration of the relationship between choral singing and successful aging." Psychological Reports 70, no. 3_suppl (1992): 1175-1183.