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A Giving Voice chorus in your community could bring renewed purpose, learning, friendships, and just plain happiness to the lives of people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. If you are thinking of starting a chorus, please look at Start a Chorus to get an idea of what’s involved and learn from our experience. We also encourage you to let us know so we can keep you up to date on any new developments that might be helpful to you.
I may want to volunteer with GVI. How can I find out more about what is involved?
We encourage you to observe a Giving Voice Chorus rehearsal. To make arrangements, please contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve never interacted with people with dementia. Do you provide some sort of training for volunteers?
With the Giving Voice choruses hosted in Minneapolis and St. Paul, we do provide periodic training on working with people who have dementia. We access experts from various Alzheimer’s organizations to train volunteers on dementia friendly components, especially behavior and communication.
My parent/partner has advanced (late stage) Alzheimer’s. Is the chorus a possibility for him/her?
GVI choruses typically have people in the early to mid- stages of Alzheimer’s who do not live in a care facility. Accommodating the daily and physical needs of a person with late-stage Alzheimer’s isn’t feasible. You may want to check with the care facility about music options available to residents. Music programs such as Music and Memory may be helpful.
My parent/partner lives in a memory care facility. Is the chorus a possibility for him/her?
If the person is able to attend a weekly rehearsal, participation in a Giving Voice chorus may be an option. We recommend that you consult with the chorus director to discuss the specifics of your situation.
Are chorus members asked to leave the chorus when meaningful participation becomes more difficult?
As a chorus member’s disease progresses, it may become apparent that he or she no longer enjoys or is benefitting from the experience, or it may become physically difficult to participate. It has been GVI’s experience that the care partner decides whether or not to continue.