The key to healing: respiratory therapy through song

By Emilie Hackett Special to the Record


The Joyeux Lurons choir gave 30-some residents of the CSSS-IUGS Pavillon d’Youville a lovely show, as the seniors bopped their heads and sang along to tunes by Félix Leclerc, Leonard Cohen, Robert Charlebois, and more. The choir is not just a hobby for the Joyeux Lurons; it is also a method of pulmonary rehabilitation, as every member lives with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
The research project was initiated by Louise Drouin, a doctoral gerontology student at the University of Sherbrooke, who is also trained in classical singing and choral conducting. Along with the Research Centre on Aging (CdRV), Drouin has given nearly 40 patients affected with COPD a second chance at life, as they have all observed positive results on their respiratory control and posture.


See full story in August 8 edition of the Record

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