11 May, 2023
Sing Out Choir comes to Dubbo
In the first of its kind, the Sing Out Dementia Choir is performing at the Dubbo Regional Theatre later this month.
This is the first public performance for the choir, and participants are beyond excited to be in front of an audience. Anne Gemmell, dementia counsellor for the Western NSW Local Health District, is the founder of the allinclusive “Sing Out Choir”.
The group embraces those impacted with dementia,
including carers, family, and friends, alongside volunteer
singers and musicians.
“This is a space where people can feel a sense of belonging and become part of our community and to help them maintain their social connections,” said Ms Gemmell.
“Singing bonds people
Situated just west of the Blue Mountains, the choir
has been running for eight months and Ms Gemmell has
already witnessed significant positive changes in
behaviour for those living with dementia.
“The choir is about having fun, enjoying the company
of others, ensuring people feel relaxed and that they
feel a part of a local community,” she said.
“We use the power of notes and harmonies to connect
our dementia clients with their families, friends,
and the general public. The aim is to connect people living
with dementia, their families, and carers to live well
and continue to live in their homes with dementia for as
long as possible.”
While music medicine is not a cure, it will reduce dementia patients’ symptoms according to Ms Gemmell. Even advanced dementia can be eased with symptoms such as problems with judgement, planning, reasoning, speech, and language easing over time.