According to scientific studies reported at livescience.com, Alzheimers sufferers often retain their love and appreciation for music even other parts of their brain are failing. In fact, experts say, music can “awaken” Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, triggering emotional memories and words that have been forgotten.
Taking advantage of this phenomenon, the Giving Voice Chorus of Minneapolis, MN is a chorus that brings joy, well-being, purpose and community understanding to people with Alzheimer’s and their care partners. Its goal is to “celebrate the full potential of people living with dementia.”
The group has expanded to 3 separate independent choruses and is reportedly being “inundated” with inquiries from around the nation from people who want to start similar programs in their communities. The group provides resources and a toolkit on its website for those who are interested in starting one.
Even as humanity continues to uncover more information and preventative approaches to Alzheimers and dementia, it is comforting to know that fun and fulfillment is still possible even for people with dementia, and for their hard-working and loving care partners.