CJ Replay: Aging Voices
Date: February 6, 2014
(An excerpt from the Choral Journal article, “Vocal Aging And Its Medical Implications: What Choral Conductors Should Know Part Two: Medical Intervention,” by R.T. Sataloff)
Systematically attacking the aging process in other areas of the body is more novel and controversial. The bodily changes characteristic of aging are not unique. In many ways, they are identical to those seen in disease and in disuse such as prolonged bed rest or immobilization of a leg. In particular, muscle disuse causes loss of muscle fibers indistinguishable from that seen with advanced age. Exercise prevents or reverses many of these changes in the young, and it appears to have the same effect when the changes are caused by aging. Appropriate exercise will help maintain muscle function and coordination and also helps functioning of the cardiovascular system, nervous system, and especially the respiratory system.