MEET OUR CHOIR
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Sarah was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in 2019. Her condition caused difficulties with communication and speech and she was recommended to the Dementia Choir.
Her first rehearsal had a profound effect on her confidence and communication ability as she was able to meet and talk with others in a similar situation, supported by friendly and caring volunteers.
Sarah loves music and has attended many concerts and festivals over the years. She is really looking forward to getting back into music through the dementia choir.
Ahmed was diagnosed with mixed dementia nearly 4 years ago. Being a member of the Our Dementia Choir has been an uplifting experience and he has made many new friends as a result of participating.
He would like to thank Vicky, Angela, all volunteers, and most of all the choir for all their help and support.
Maureen has always enjoyed singing with others in choirs. She was in several singing groups that rehearsed and gave concerts for over 30 years. Maureen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014. The combination of Alzheimer's and lockdown during Covid has meant Maureen missed out on something that gave her real enjoyment. Joining the choir where people understand the issues around dementia has bought some real pleasure back into her days.
Chris says he loves every minute of the choir and it's the highlight of the week for him! He loves all the people involved, and it has been a real privilege to be a part of this wonderful group.
Julie was diagnosed with frontal temporal dementia in 2017 after 3 years of tests.
Being in the choir has meant so much to her. She says being with other people struggling with the same things makes her feel like she's not alone. She enjoys singing with her choir family.
'It's great fun, we forget we have dementia and we just become a choir.'
M I C K
Mick is 53 years old and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Epilepsy in 2018 following a series of grand mal seizures that came really from nowhere. Since that day, his life and the lives of his family have been turned upside down having been given a terminal diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and managing the progressive change. Whilst living his life as fully as possible, day to day is hard. However, one of his main lifelines is being a member of the Choir. The music, camaraderie and friends made have been irreplaceable.
“In a world of dementia where there is very little to support those as young as myself, I can honestly say that it has kept us going! Thank you to everyone involved that keeps this valuable group going!”
R A E
Rae has a neurodegenerative condition with progressive dementia which was diagnosed when she was 49.
Before that, Rae was a music teacher and was overwhelmed when, during filming for the TV programme, she discovered she could still play the piano. Rae struggles day to day accepting there is something wrong in her life but she battles on. She doesn’t have a lot of family but her best friend is also her carer and Rae feels so blessed to have her in her life