Voices in Motion Intergenerational Choir for Older Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease and their Caregivers

Date(s) -Wednesday, January 24, 2018
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: St. Andrews High School (Room to be determined)

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Choirs may reduce health care costs and improve quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers.
 
An intergenerational community choir is being formed with people with Alzheimer’s disease, their caregivers and high school students as a research initiative by the University of Victoria with the aim to improve health and well-being. Debra Sheets, an associate professor in the School of Nursing, was motivated to form the choir by her experience with her own father who like many other people with dementia was prone to social isolation.
Singing can improve mood, increase energy, reduce stress and support self-esteem. Besides, singing with others is fun and social. At the same time, choirs could be an inexpensive intervention that may reduce health care costs and improve quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers.
The choir will practice over a 14-week period with a professional musical director culminating in a spring performance. It is expected the project’s findings and tools will allow other organizations to replicate best practices.
The research team includes Stuart MacDonald from the Department of Psychology, Andre Smith from the Department of Sociology and Mary Kennedy of the School of Music.
 
The team is looking for additional people with Alzheimer’s who would like to participate with their caregivers with a deadline of January 19, 2018.
For more information about the program, contact:
Dr. DebraSheets
Website:  voicesinmotion.ca

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