March 24, 2019 10:48 PM
(ABC 6 News)-- Resounding Voices hosted the “Peace, Love, Joy” multigenerational concert this Sunday in Rochester.
Julie Johnson and her 84-year-old mother-in-law Norma are members of the chorus which was created for people living with dementia or mild memory impairments and their support partners.
"It was a special time to look forward to every week,” said Julie.
Their weeks of practice culminated in Sunday’s concert, featuring singers ages 14 to 90. Resounding Voices was joined on stage by the Arioso Home School Choir.
Julie’s daughter and Norma’s granddaughter Mary is a member of that choir---meaning three generations of their family got the chance to perform together.
"It was really cool. I never thought I would have the opportunity to do that and it's just very special to do this,” said Mary.
Singing together is more than just a special moment for the family; it’s a moment that could benefit Norma as she lives with her cognitive impairment.
Dr. Thomas Harman with the Rochester Clinic said studies show that learning new music can lead to improvements in patients with cognitive disabilities.
"They've shown that when people with cognitive problems listen to music---they had the social aspects, but when compared to when they were taught to play the violin, the people who were taught to play the violin had significant improvement in their ability to remember things, he said.
Julie said that she does notice a difference in Norma after rehearsals
"I know when we were finished at the end of the time, we'd stand up and you smiled so bright didn't you? You always enjoyed the practice. It was encouraging I think,” she said.
Created: March 24, 2019 10:48 PM
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