The Giving Voice Chorus is a chance for people with dementia, their caregivers and other volunteers to come together and sing. The Chorus is in a collaboration with the MacPhail Center For Music. In fact, there four choruses, two in Minneapolis, and two in St. Paul. One of the St. Paul choirs is an African American Choir. There are no auditions to join the choirs and no experience is necessary. You just need a desire to sing. Each of the four choruses gives a concert in the Spring, Summer and Fall. There is a registration fee to participate.
In an article that Dr, Ronald Devere, wrote for the website Practicalnerology.com he said “Music can elicit emotions and memories and help provide a link to a person’s past and promote interconnection with caregivers and others with dementia. Recent findings suggest that that musical training delays cognitive decline and promotes brain plasticity in the elderly brain.”
Becoming a member of the Giving Voice Chorus is a way to keep your brain active and learning. Working together with a group that has a common purpose is a great way to stay active and engaged. Go to one of their concerts this spring and then join one of the choruses in the Summer or Fall. You can find out more information at https://givingvoicechorus.org/twin-cities-chorus/.