People with Dementia find help through singing

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Posted at 5:58 PM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 18:58:14-04

APPLETON — It was a cheerful mood Sunday as dozens gathered to watch a choir composed of people dealing with dementia.

"In 2016 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's and this gives me hope and something that I can do," said Richard Edmondson, a choir member.

The choir was composed back in 2014. They rehearse once a week and sing popular songs that include Broadway songs and classic rock hits.

"They are able to engage in a present day event that is not a struggle," said Kathleen Albrecht, the choir director. "They are creating everyday memories that are for each other of things that are pleasant, of things that are wonderful, so it's a great community experience for people."

For a disease that affects so many people each year, it reminds people like Edmondson, that little things like singing, can bring joy in dark times."

Alzheimer's is a disease, and I know what it does," Edmondson said. "It is just great to work with people that love music and have power."