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Rochester concert to help people living with forms of dementia



Rochester, New York — In order to help people living with forms of dementia, Nazareth College is teaming up with the Alzheimer’s Association.

On Saturday, The Nazareth College Choirs and Music Therapy Program hosted a concert at the Glazer Performance Center in Rochester. The show, “Why We Sing,” was specifically curated to aid people living with Alzheimer’s, and those in attendance were encouraged to join in on the singing and dancing.

According to coordinators, the performance was an opportunity to bring the community together, while also helping those suffering from dementia undergo a positive and beneficial experience.

“There is evidence that shows that music and memory are intertwined,” Alzheimer’s Association Executive Director Teresa Galbier said. “And oftentimes, our folks with dementia will lose the ability to have conversation. But when music comes on, sometimes it awakens them and it gives them the opportunity to be able to sing lyrics to songs that they knew for decades.”

Nazareth students also worked with the Alzheimer’s Association in training students on how to assist those attending the concert.