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Circle Of Music

Come sing with us - Participants wanted!

The Circle Of Music is a choir for those living with dementia, their partners in care and students from regional high schools.

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On any given Thursday afternoon you’ll see seniors and volunteer

teenagers gathering in our lounge at St Peter’s on Queen Street, singing and making music together. The diverse group is made up of seniors living with dementia, their partners in care and volunteer teenagers who come mostly from
Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute

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and occasionally from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University

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Many of the seniors hear about the choir through the Alzheimer's

Society of Waterloo-Wellington

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and the Murray Alzheimer's Research and Education Program (MAREP)

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The choir, called The Circle of Music, pairs a student with one of the senior couples and those trios are consistent from week to week.

The Circle of Music began as the capstone project for Sasha Judelson when she was completing her Masters Degree in Community Music at Wilfrid Laurier University and is a partnership between the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community, Cameron Heights Music, The Alzhimer's Society of Waterloo-Wellington St. Peter's and MAREP. Happily the project has continued even after the completion of her Masters. It's an intergenerational project in the true sense of the word, each generation is benefiting from the various aspects of the choir, whether it's being part of the community that is The Circle of Music, gaining an understanding of the effects and impact of dementia or a deeper understanding of oneself through the mentoring and supporting that takes places.The students are supporting those living with dementia through finding pages, a guiding finger along the lines of the lyrics, socializing and learning more about how dementia affects both those living with it and their families. The caregivers enjoy some respite from being the "always on" carer whilst the students take on this role and they have the opportunity to connect with others in the same position as themselves. And, the students gain a greater understanding of themselves, as one student put it "this choir has helped me realize who I want to be as a person".

The songs the choir sings are folk songs, songs from movies and musicals as well as well known classics. Requests are encouraged too.

St. Peter's hosts the social time at the end of the choir through a rosta of volunteers, helping bring a lively afternoon to a happy conclusion!

For more details and to register, please contact Sasha Judelson at 519-342-4764 or Circle Of Music

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