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Hudson Valley Alzheimer Group Offers Chorus For People With Dementia

The Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter in partnership with Wartburg and Concordia Conservatory is offering The One Heart, One Voice Chorus.
The Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter in partnership with Wartburg and Concordia Conservatory is offering The One Heart, One Voice Chorus. Photo Credit: File

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- A new community-based choir program is offered on Wednesdays for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, and their family caregivers.

The Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter in partnership with Wartburg and Concordia Conservatory is offering The One Heart, One Voice Chorus at the Wartburg’s historic chapel on its Mount Vernon campus.

The chorus is part of Wartburg’s Creative Aging & Lifelong Learning program. Each session will include a 45-minute choir program, a 30-minute break with light refreshments, a “mini” support group for caregivers and another 45 minutes of choir.

Sessions run from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and culminate with a concert highlighting what participants have learned.

“We know that music is stored in a part of the brain that can be affected by Alzheimer's disease much later in the progression of the disease,” said Kristen Bonistall, a care consultant for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Purchase office. “Additionally, social interaction, in an environment free of stigma, benefits individuals with dementia greatly. The joy of music, and being with others sharing in the fun, is a winning combination indeed.”

Research has shown that music has positive benefits for those living with memory impairment, and often these individuals will become more communicative when music is played, particularly music they enjoy.

This program aims to help people with Alzheimer’s disease and their loved one foster a deeper experience and connection with each other through music.

Preregistration is required. To enroll or for more information, contact Ann Frey at 914-513-5114 or afrey@wartburg.org. This program is supported in part by a grant from the New York State Department of Health.

Visit www.alz.org/hudsonvalley or call 800.272.3900 to learn more.

Wartberg Care Center is located at 1 Wartburg Place, Mount Vernon.

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