Choir Part Of Rehab For Seniors Who Sing In 'Pulmonaires' Group

Steve Miller
March 14, 2019 - 6:59 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- This is Pulmonary Rehab Week, and a choir of pulmonary rehab patients at Northwest Community Healthcare is celebrating in song.

WBBM's Steve Miller reports.

"When we warm up, you'll see we exercise so that we can hold the note longer, and somehow it helps,” explains Reggie Gorski of Palatine.

The 78-year-old has a form of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), and singing is a kind of lung therapy for her and a dozen others. 

She's been singing with the Pulmonaires since they started two years ago.

"We were rookies then."

WBBM: What changes since then? You better? What are you doing?

"We like to think we're better. Jan does a wonderful job of orienting us."

That would be Jan Bahr, the Pulmonaires' volunteer director.

"It's just so uplifting, and it really inspires me,” Bahr said. “And when I'm thinking, ‘Do I want to go out in this weather?’ Here are these people that all have these issues, these health issues, and yet they're there week after week."