Providing a positive and joyful experience that people with Alzheimer’s and their care partners can enjoy together is a key objective of the Giving Voice program. A care partner must accompany each singer with dementia. This person is also responsible for transporting the singer to and from rehearsals and concerts. Each care partner participates in the chorus as a singer. When possible, the singer with dementia will be assigned a volunteer who assists the singer during rehearsals and concerts so the care partner may simply enjoy the chorus experience.
The care partner may or may not be the one providing daily living support to the person with Alzheimer’s. In our chorus, care partners include spouses, friends, adult children or grandchildren, sisters or brothers, and any person whom the person living with dementia trusts and feels secure with.