Music can be calming and used as a form of therapy for certain conditions. A community chorus for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s has been formed in collaboration with the CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions and the Resonance Initiative, which works to change lives through storytelling and song in Indianapolis.
The chorus, called SongShape, will consist of people in early to mid-stage dementia and Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.
“It’s a way for them to come together and connect,” said Rick Cobb, director of Resonance Initiative. “Research shows people experiencing this silent epidemic tend to become isolated from their communities and they disengage from their family and friends.”
Cobb hopes giving the gift of music to patients and caretakers will improve the lives of both.
“The diagnosis of dementia is a two-person disease,” Cobb said. “SongShape chorus is going to give them both this opportunity to create something unique and to make music together.”
The eight-week course will include 90-minute rehearsals every Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at PrimeLife Enrichment Center in Carmel, 1078 Third Avenue SW.
Although those with dementia may have a difficult time expressing thoughts verbally, Cobb said they can communicate through song.
“Just as much as we need air and water and food to live every day, the arts and music are just as important,” Cobb said. “I can’t remember who said this, but we don’t age by years. We age by stories, so we want to honor the stories of the people that will be involved in SongShape chorus.”
An introductory session will be conducted Sept. 13. The fall session begins Sept. 20 with members performing a final recital Nov. 10.
For more or to register, visit resonanceinitiative.com/copy-of-connect.