Jenny Groarke, a Galway-based musician and PhD candidate at the School of Psychology, NUI Galway, is seeking volunteers for a research project on the benefits of music listening. Jenny’s research is exploring the power of music in enhancing cognitive and emotional well-being in old age.
Jenny was inspired to study the link between music and well-being in older adults by her late grandfather Jimmy Dooley, who sang in the Augustinian choir for more than 65 years and played the drums in the Galway Bay Jazz band.
“Music has long been known to give rise to positive feelings, memories and emotions”, says Jenny. “Emerging evidence as part of an ongoing study at NUI Galway suggests that people listen to music for a wide range of reasons, but their reasons for listening are primarily emotional.”
Jenny’s continued dedication to improving the well-being of older adults was recently recognised by the Students’ Union Enterprise Awards, where she received €5000 investment capital for her business Sing-Bang Music Workshops. These workshops, which will take place in nursing homes around the country, aim to improve memory ability, happiness, and quality of life in elderly adults through group music making.
Jenny is seeking participants aged 18-30 years and 60-85 years to join one of her focus group sessions. In groups of up to 15 people, participants will discuss the reasons they listen to music, and then vote for the reasons that they believe are most beneficial for well-being generally. These group sessions are dynamic and enjoyable, and usually take between two and three hours. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. All participants will be included in a draw for one of two €50 One4All vouchers.
For more information, visit adaptivefunctionsofmusic.wordpress.com. If you would like to be involved, contact Jenny at 086-0330333 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.