SIDE BY SIDE SINGING, Soul Food for the Brain!
And it is just plain FUN — we’ll be singing old favorites such as “Take me out to the Ballgame” “This Land is Your Land” and “Over the Rainbow.”
SIDE BY SIDE SINGING begins at the UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF ASHEVILLE on Wed, August 9th, at 2:00 pm. The sessions continue for the month of August every Wednesday.
Singing facilitates healthy aging in everyone, strengthens vocal abilities in people with Parkinson’s Disease, and stimulates brain function in people living with dementia or recovering from strokes. It’s the best medicine and it only has beneficial side effects!
“Travelin’ along, singin’ a song, side by side.” The words to this old familiar song have become the anthem for SIDE BY SIDE SINGING, a wellness initiative in Asheville. SIDE BY SIDE SINGING is good for body, heart, and mind….and it’s fun!
New studies show how many beneficial ‘side effects’ singing together provides. Singing is a therapeutic and healing activity for the brain as well as the spirit. Because singing activates different regions of the brain than pure speech, people recovering from strokes often are able to sing before they can talk in full sentences.
People living with Parkinson’s and experiencing diminished vocal abilities report gaining vocal strength through the exercise of singing. Singing also is known to stimulate brain and verbal function amongst people who have mild to moderate cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Song leaders will be Debbie Nordeen, Ruthie Rosauer and Jan Mallindine.
Come sing with us!
Check out the video of Side by Side on WLOS
Photo credits: John Le WLOS and Ruthie Rosauer
The UUCA is located at 1 Edwin Place, Asheville, NC 28801. The singing happens in Sandburg Hall which is handicap accessible. As always the sessions are free of charge. No experience in singing required to participate fully.
For information on Side by Side: https:// sidebysidesinging.wordpress. com/