Music has an extraordinary ability to connect people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Listening to music with emotional significance brings back strong memories for most people. It can enhance wellbeing and quality of life, and can be especially useful for people living with dementia. Studies have shown that singing has many positive benefits for people with dementia including increased focus and an uplift in mood. These positive benefits can last for days afterwards.
Friends in Harmony is a dementia friendly choir run by Alzheimer’s WA. The choir meets once a week and is coordinated by an experienced choir leader. The choir is more than just singing and music – it is an opportunity for people living with dementia, their spouses, carers and family members to have a fun, normal afternoon where everyone is friendly, welcoming and non-judgemental. The choir has been running for 10 years and is the only dementia-specific choir in Perth.
New members are very welcome. It is free to attend, no need to book. Simply turn up ready to have some fun!
The Friends in Harmony choir meets every Thursday, 1.00pm – 3.00pm at the new Salvation Army Hall, corner Barker Road and Rowland Street Subiaco. Parking is available nearby.
For more information about the choir call 1300 66 77 88.