WEDNESDAYS: "MEMORY LANE" Crumlin Community Choir: Community Centre for Music & Arts, 11am-12.30pm
"Memory Lane" Crumlin Community Choir is for older people, especially welcoming to those with dementia or memory loss, along with their families, carers, friends and neighbours.
This choir, originally set up with the help of Music Matters' founder, Grainne O'Grady, now runs independently at a local community level very successfully.
The choir rehearses in the Crumlin Centre for Music & Arts, (behind St Agnes’ Primary School), Armagh Rd, Crumlin, Dublin 12, most Wednesdays.
This choir was co-founded by Music Matters’ director Gráinne O’ Grady, Miriam Flynn from the Community Development section of Dublin City Council and Sr. Bernadette from St. Agnes’ primary school and founder of the St. Agnes’ Crumlin Centre for Music & Arts
This choir sings all sorts of songs, from Irish folk songs to Doris Day to The Beatles
How Singing Can Help Dementia
Research by Dr.Mary Mittelman of the Centre of excellence in Brain Aging at the Langone Institute in New York, who founded The Unforgettables Chorus (the first choir for people with dementia & their carers) shows that these choirs can be effective as medications in managing the difficulties and symptoms associated with dementia. Membership of these choirs can help concentration, memory, pain management, physical health, spirituality, emotional mood and overall well-being.