Learning new songs could be a fun and social way to prevent cognitive decline. In a small trial, researchers investigated the impact of karaoke on adults living in nursing homes or assisted living facilities for 12 weeks. Volunteers either took a weekly art or karaoke class. The art class participants were asked to complete one piece of art for homework each week. The karaoke group would sing songs from the previous week, sing new ones in small groups, and then choose music to practice 3 times a week for their homework. They were assessed for mood, cognitive function, tongue strength, and respiratory function at the beginning and end of the study. The singers showed improvement in all three tests.
Miyazaki A, Mori H. Frequent karaoke training improves frontal executive cognitive skills, tongue pressure, and respiratory function in elderly people: pilot study from a randomized controlled trial. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;17(4):1459. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17041459.