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SING FOR YOUR LIFE 2005 -. Silver Song Clubs Delivered by Sing For Your Life on a model developed by the Sidney De Haan Centre Groups of older people.

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1 SING FOR YOUR LIFE

2 Silver Song Clubs Delivered by Sing For Your Life on a model developed by the Sidney De Haan Centre Groups of older people meet in community venues to sing and make music - including those with dementia and their carers Led by experienced facilitators supported by volunteers Currently about 40 groups across S.E. & Northern England, Italy, Finland, Western Canada

3 RCT 2010 Change in demographics of the UK More older people living with chronic long term health conditions and in social isolation Limited research into benefits of singing for older people Only 2 previous trials Formative evaluation of SSCs by SDH Centre

4 Trial Design Programme devised by SFYL and led by experienced facilitators April-July 2010 Outcome measures - standardized health questionnaires Primary measure York SF-12 Secondary measures HADS, EQ-5D, Service Use Questionnaire Measured at baseline, post-intervention and 6 month follow-up Participant comments invited

5 Findings from Questionnaire Analysis (1) At 3 months sig. greater improvement in mental health related quality of life in intervention group (p<0.01) At 6 months, sig. greater improvement in mental health related QOL in intervention group (p=0.05)

6 Findings fro m Questionnaire Analysis (2) At 3 months lower anxiety scores in intervention group(p<0.01)

7 Findings from Questionnaire Analysis (3) Cost-effectiveness Combines costs of interventions with QALY changes Singing group cost more but also greater QALY gain. Singing groups cost effective if willing to pay >£14,000 per QALY NICE estimates QALY value £20,000-£30,000 Probability of cost-effectiveness favours singing groups

8 Participant feedback I started my participation in this project just after I retired from work and feeling a little anxious about future life. This project has been instrumental in showing me there is life after work

9 Conclusion Singing groups for older people appear to have a benefit in terms of mental health. Singing groups may be a cost-effective health promotion strategy for this population

10 SING FOR YOUR LIFE A new focus…

11 The Prime Ministers Challenge On Dementia - the call Delivering major improvements in Dementia care and research by Improve care in the community to support independent living.

12 Our response… A SONG A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY!

13 Group participatory singing can… Provide Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) Help reduce social isolation Be delivered whether living in: Community Assisted Living Centres Residential Care Homes

14 Our challenge is… How can we all help?

15 Silver Song Music Box System Participatory Singing Programmes available on demand Easy to operate - Plug in and play! No formal musical training required Themed and personalised programmes Improved behaviour - reduced need for use of antipsychotic drugs

16 SING FOR YOUR LIFE power of music n


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