Daejeon Korean Medicine Hospital of Daejeon University performed the musical “Nutcracker” in cooperation with patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease at Daejeon University Haehwa Cultural Hall on Dec. 8.
The musical was performed by a team headed by Prof. Yoo Ho-ryong of the Brain Nerve Center at Daejeon Korean Medicine Hospital, Daejeon University, in cooperation with Prof. Kim Ji-yeon of Daejeon University Performing Art Content Department.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder, caused by the loss of certain nerve cells (neurons). Patients suffering from symptoms of the disease, such as the shaking of body parts, stiffness, insomnia, depression and lethargy are required to receive integrated medical care.
Studies show that music activities, such as singing, contribute to boosting dopamine, a neurotransmitter, made in the brain, helping a rise in lung capacity, and improving of the quality of life and a sense of self-esteem.
A poster to promote the musical “Nutcracker,” performed by Daejeon Korean Medicine Hospital of Daejeon University in cooperation with patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease at Daejeon University Haehwa Cultural Hall on Dec. 8.
In particular, Parkinson’s disease patients with high probability of complicated symptoms, such as pneumonia in their later years, can perform self-directed practice as efficient means of improving symptoms.
The musical concert was a meaningful moment in which medical staff of Daejeon Korean Medicine Hospital of Daejeon University, composers, choreographers, artists and Parkinson’s disease patients joined forces to perform together.
On the day of the performance, an event designed to improve the perception of Parkinson’s disease patients also took place under the sponsorship of Deajeon Metropolitan City’s cerebrovascular disease prevention project group and Daejeon citizens interested in climate change in attendance.
Parkinson’s disease patients participating in the musical said, “We’re feeling comfortable in talking and happy by practicing singing and getting less depressed by practicing playing our part.”
Prof. Kim Ji-yeon of Performing Art Content Department said, “As we prepare to take a stage for one semester with Parkinson disease patients of the Brain Nerve Center, performing art not only brings spiritual richness to us, but also it has a process of recognizing of serving as an opportunity to improve patients’ functions.”
Prof. Yoo Ho-ryong said, “I’m sending gratitude and congratulations to the patients who have overcome unbearable moments, and I hope it as a moment to bring the meaning of life to patients, a sense of pride to artists and gives a patient-centric medical approach to the medical staff.”