Sparking memories with song

June 15, 2019

The "Together in Song" chorus performs a "Broadway Review" May 13 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The performers are people who have dementia and other chronic conditions, as well as their care partners, spouses and volunteers.

Chorus conductor Steve Nurre says a growing body of research shows singing has a positive impact on people with dementia and memory loss. While they may not remember names or dates, they often can recall song lyrics from the past, according to information from Mercy Medical. Singing can spark happy memories and taking part in the group can create meaningful social connections for participants. A number of similar choirs are starting around the country.

Mercy Medical President and Chief Executive Tim Charles narrated the performance of show tunes from Broadway musicals.



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