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Local Choir Gives Voice to People with Dementia

November 17, 2018 11:23 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A local choir is giving people with dementia a voice while they deal with their health challenges.

From “Oklahoma” to “California Dreamin’” the singers in the Resounding Voices Chorus put on a show that was a road trip in song.

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This isn’t in an ordinary choir. It’s a choir composed of individuals that experience mild memory impairment or dementia.

When Dorothy Seagard heard of the group she knew she had to join, "I've got to join that. I can't chop music out of my life. Just because I can't get there… I'll get there,” she said while pointing to her daughter Kristina Lantz.

The chorus is not only for those with memory impairment but also for a partner of their choosing. And for Dorothy, that support partner is her daughter, "It has just been the best thing. The highlight of the week every week," said Kristina.

Artistic Director Suzy Johnson says that is the goal, "I think it's really important to help people see that they are still vital members of the community, that they still have things to contribute,” said Suzy.

Just as important for Kristina and Dorothy is the chance to continue a lifelong tradition, “I remember we were at our cabin and mom and I would be doing dishes and she would teach me to sing. We would sing duets, we would sing rounds and we had a great time," said Kristina.

Dorothy studied music, sang in multiple choirs and was a professional musician and teacher, "I don't know what life would be without it," said Dorothy.

Through this choir, Kristina makes sure her mother keeps this joy in her life, "My mom made it possible for me to make music.  And now, we are doing it together. It's really meaningful," said Kristina.

 

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Talia Milavetz

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