Mu­sic stays in the mem­ory

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

FRIENDS in Har­mony Choir leader Dorothy Ebel says the ben­e­fits of singing for peo­ple with Alzheimer’s dis­ease are “mar­vel­lous”.

Ms Ebel said the choir, which in­cludes peo­ple with Alzheimer’s dis­ease and car­ers, would be cel­e­brat­ing its eighth an­niver­sary this year.

“I have a back­ground in theatre, mu­sic and singing and I just love do­ing it,” Ms Ebel said.

“Peo­ple have heard about the choir by word of mouth.

“We have about 45 peo­ple on the books but usu­ally about 20 peo­ple singing.”

Ms Ebel said singing helped to ex­pand the lungs and the mem­ory.

“It works on mem­ory very well,” she said.

“Mu­sic is some­thing very spe­cial.

“When you

can’t re­mem­ber some things, you can still re­mem­ber mu­sic.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d439132

Dorothy Ebel (choir con­duc­tor) with Friends in Har­mony mem­bers.

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