(Previously called Musical Memories Saturday choir)
Gráinne O' Grady was the Musical Director from its foundation in 2013 until 2016.
These choirs were established as a partnership between Living Well With Dementia - Stillorgan/ Blackrock, the HSE, the Arts & Health Partnership and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, in 2013
The Musical Memories Choirs welcome older people, especially those with dementia or memory loss, along with their families, friends, neighbours and carers.
This choir rehearses every Saturday, 11am-12.30pm at St Raphaela's Convent, Upper Kilmacud Road in Stillorgan.
Musical Memories was the first of these types of choirs in Ireland; since 2013, we have been growing from strength to strength. The choir has received a lot of media attention, including featuring on a Morning Ireland radio piece, a TV feature on RTE’s Nationwide and a featured in The Irish Times.
The management of this choir has recently been taken over by The Alzheimer's Society of Ireland, with Gerry Noonan as their Musical Director. www.alzheimer.ie/Home.aspx
For information on this choir, or to join or volunteer, please contact The Alzheimer's Society of Ireland
The Alzheimer's Society of Ireland have produced some excellent resources for people diagnosed with Dementia or memory loss and their carers:
Practical Tips for Coping with Memory Loss
This booklet contains practial tips to help people with dementia cope with memory loss
Practical tips for living well with dementia
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.