(Mankato, MN) – Local advocates for those with Alzheimer’s disease have launched a chorus for people with various forms of dementia, as well as their care partners.
The Mankato & North Mankato ACT on Alzheimer’s Action Team says the Singing Hills Chorus will come together for weekly rehearsals at School Sisters of Notre Dame, which will culminate in a public performance in the Chapel in mid-December.
The chorus will be modeled after the Twin Cities-based Giving Voice Chorus, which created a toolkit to help other communities start their own group. The Mankato-based singing group is the first affiliate member of the Giving Voice Initiative in outstate Minnesota.
“One of the most wonderful things about the music we love is that it is stored in a part of the brain that is not damaged by Alzheimer’s,” said Mary Lenard, co-president of Giving Voice Initiative. “We have then the capacity to enjoy and participate in music even as other cognitive function may diminish.”
The Singing Hills Chorus is open to people with dementia and their care partners, including spouses, friends and adult children or grandchildren. No singing experience is required.
An estimated 92,000 Minnesotans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease and that number is expected to reach 120,000 by the year 2025.
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