Your donations helps us to provide a social choir for people with dementia and their carer. When used as therapy, music and singing have been proven to improve the wellbeing of people living with dementia.
“There are people in the Alzheimer’s WA choir who have short term memory loss but can remember the songs they sang with their families in their younger years” says Alzheimer’s WA CEO Rhonda Parker.
UWA Emeritus Professor Alan Harvey; a neuroscientist, musician and member of the Perth Symphonic Chorus, recently spoke on ABC radio about the benefits of singing, especially for people living with dementia.
In the interview, Professor Harvey says, “Music can access memory systems that language cannot. When you start to lose your memory, music is a way of remembering. It’s a very powerful way of opening up the brain of people who otherwise have become disconnected because of memory loss.”
Over 34,000 Western Australians are living with dementia and this number is expected to rise to over 84,000 by 2036. Dementia is the leading cause of death in women and the second leading cause of death in men in Australia. There is no cure.
Please donate now, and help give a voice to those who need it.