Jeanie Brindley-Barnett and Mary Lenard present “Giving Voice Chorus—Defying Dementia through Singing” at National Center for Creative Aging conference in Washington, DC.
Research suggests participatory music programs improve the quality of life for adults with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. The Giving Voice Chorus, a community chorus, studied the mental, physical, and social benefits of a participatory music activity on individuals with dementia and their caregivers, through focus groups and interviews. Discover the pilot program’s outcomes, recommendations, and replication opportunities.
- Participants will gain awareness of professional arts programs’ role in supporting and sustaining dementia-friendly communities.
- Participants will realize the global reach of Alzheimer’s disease and music’s power to change society’s perceptions of aging.
- Participants will learn an effective model for interdisciplinary collaboration and broad outreach.
- Participants will understand the broad spectrum of research addressing impact of active participation on the quality of life for performers of all ages and abilities.
- Participants will explore the key elements and tools to expand the field of creative arts participation for people living with Alzheimer’s and their care partners.