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 It could be that singing exercises the lungs, or maybe it's the camaraderie singers have with each other. Whatever the reason, cognitive neuroscientist Julene Johnson, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, has found that singing together promotes healthy aging. 

After studying vocal groups in Finland, she's working with chorus members at 12 senior centers in San Francisco. To date, she has found that group singers had an improved quality of life, fewer falls, fewer colds, fewer doctor visits and less loneliness than individuals in a control group. 

The message for former choir members, barbershop quartet singers and those who join in at the piano bar: for a better, safer future, volunteer to sing in the church chorus or get back to singing with your pals again.

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