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|Corvo E., Skingley A., Clift S.
|Community singing, wellbeing and older people: implementing and evaluating an English singing for health intervention in Rome
Corvo E., Skingley A., Clift S.; Community singing, wellbeing and older people: implementing and evaluating an English singing for health intervention in Rome ;Perspectives in Public Health vol:140.0 issue: 5 page:263.0
|England; Italy; older people; singing; wellbeing
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|Aim: The aim of this research was to explore the transferability and effectiveness of the English Silver Song Clubs model for older people in a different social and cultural context, that is, in the capital city of Italy, Rome. Methods: A single condition, pretest, post-test design was implemented. Participants completed the following two questionnaires: EuroQoL-5 Dimension (EQ-5D) and York Short Form (SF)-12. Results: After the singing experience, participants showed a decrease in their levels of anxiety and depression. An improvement was also found from baseline to follow-up in reported performance of usual activities. The English study showed a difference between the singing and non-singing groups at 3 and 6 months on mental health, and after 3 months on specific anxiety and depression measures. This study (Rome) shows similar findings with an improvement on specific anxiety and depression items. Conclusion: Policy makers in different national contexts should consider social singing activities to promote the health and wellbeing of older adults as they are inexpensive to run and have been shown to be enjoyable and effective. © Royal Society for Public Health 2020.