Man 2021

Study ID(s) and Acronym(s)
Current Status of Trial
Study Aim
Cognitive Enhancement (healthy)
Study Design
No blinding
Intervention type
Dosage and Duration
Study aimed to explore the social benefits of older adults' active participation in practising Cantonese opera songs as compared with passive participation (as an audience) and a non-interventional control group on cognitive function psychological function, functional independence, well-being and health.
Absolute Number of Participants
Health Status/Diagnosis
Health Elderly
Unit of Allocation and/or Setting
Community setting
Results publication date
Primary outcomes
Cognition // Psychological function // Functional independence // Well being // Health
Key Points
"By recruiting a group of older adults who were receiving day activities social service in Hong Kong. Thirty participants were randomly allocated to active participation in Cantonese opera (ACO). They participated in practising Cantonese opera songs. Thirty-four participants were assigned to passive participation in Cantonese opera (PCO). They received passive intervention by listening to and appreciating the opera songs as a social event. Thirty-one participants were used as a control group and received no similar training. (Results) ACO caused a positive change in cognitive function as compared to PCO and to no intervention, which implies that active learning and practise of opera songs benefits global cognitive function. The psychological function of the participants in the PCO group showed an elevated positive affect and a reduced negative affect. A statistically significant difference was noted in the time effect among the physical domains of health status, functional independence and well-being of participants who underwent Cantonese opera intervention." Man 2021
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