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CBC: How retirement communities are using music to battle loneliness

Carleton University, music research, healthy aging, seniors, aging, health careSome say music brings people together. A few retirement communities in Ottawa are counting on it, and hope it will help fight isolation and loneliness, too.

Researchers at Carleton University brought a musical group dubbed the Java music club to three retirement communities in the city on a weekly basis, to see if a structured peer-support music program would help seniors feel more connected.

“Lots of social activities in residential care homes, they might be a lot of fun,” Renate Ysseldyk, a Carleton professor who heads the study, told CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning.

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