Dementia Choir: Medicine for the brain

Dubbo residents living with dementia and their carers will be able to benefit from a specialised interactive music therapy program, thanks to funding from the NSW Government.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the grant of $42,440 would fund a Dementia Choir in Dubbo.

“Dementia Choirs have been proven to decrease behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, while also increasing socialisation during the music sessions,” Mr Saunders said.

“These sessions will help improve the quality and interest of life for the patients by reducing levels of stress, anxiety and depression.”

Lourdes Hospital & Community Health Service Dementia Counsellor Anne Gemmell said the benefits of the program will be significant for both people living with dementia and their carers.

“I’m excited to get a community-based Dementia Choir up and running in Dubbo as I know this will help so many people,” Ms Gemmell said.

“This will be medicine for the brain, with the positive response to music shown to last for hours, or even days.

“There will also be extensive benefits for the carers as well, providing them with respite time, while also improving the mood pre and post practice for the person living with dementia.”

Mr Saunders said he is proud to assist in funding the Dementia Choir.

“This is a fantastic initiative, and I’m looking forward to hearing it in action,” Mr Saunders said.

4 thoughts on “Dementia Choir: Medicine for the brain”

  1. I think this is a great idea but
    What sort of music are they going to sing???

    How is it going to work??

    I okay the organ and know a lot of sing a long music

  2. I think this is a great idea but
    What sort of music are they going to sing???

    How is it going to work??

    I play the organ and know a lot of sing a long music

  3. When I saw the programme on TV, I thought how wonderful to have this treatment therapy in the Dubbo district and indeed in every town / care facility possible.
    My friend with Parkinson’s benefits from music & singing, a simple human activity that surpasses limitations, eh!?
    Congratulations to you and all those who worked on this issue.
    Sincerely
    TJ Henkes
    Colony Cres., Dbo.

  4. Belinda Sharkey

    This is amazing! Please let the public know if and when you need any volunteers to help out.

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