Volunteers Carry a Tune to Promote Healing
Great Neck students visited 9 South yesterday to sing for patients, families and staff. The “Love Caroling,” was sponsored by the Nancy Klauber Forest Foundation as part of the Nancy’s Friends Volunteer Program. “It was wonderful to see patients and families asking the students to sing at their bedsides,” said Dolly Sookdeo, Manager of Volunteer Services. While the singing is not clinical in nature, studies show music can produce measurable physical and psychological benefits for patients. The Journal of Advanced Nursing reports that listening to music can reduce chronic pain up to 21%, and reduce depression by up to 25%. Other studies have linked music to lowering blood pressure and anxiety in hospital patients. And it sounds pretty good to the ears of the staff, too!