The Voices In Motion Blog

Making Waves: UVic’s Virtual Research Symposium

Making Waves: UVic’s Virtual Research Symposium

We enjoyed having the students from the University of Victoria attend rehearsals at our Gordon Head ViM Choir. These students, along with others from Dr. Stuart MacDonald’s psychology class, were involved in research projects, analyzing and compiling data from the Voices in Motion Choirs. Their findings were recently presented (virtually) through the Making Waves Platform.

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Celebrating Dot’s 100th Birthday

Celebrating Dot’s 100th Birthday

As Brenda reflected upon her mom’s life and Dot’s response to life’s challenges – that span a century – she wrote her mom’s wise words down and turned them into a poem. She gave me permission to share it with you. The poem is called It’s Always Something.

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The Good, the Bad and the Different

The Good, the Bad and the Different

I couldn’t help but think about the many areas of life that have changed since COVID -19 began robbing us of community. And in so many ways, the loss we are experiencing is difficult for all of us. We are all experiencing grief of some kind.

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Our Next Generation of Researchers

Our Next Generation of Researchers

It’s important to be involved in ongoing research and Voices in Motion is committed to be involved in that research. These students have further explored some of the data from ViM. In my conversation with each of them, they provided me hope and an ongoing reason to keep on doing what we are doing.

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I Remember by Priscila Kumar

I Remember by Priscila Kumar

We are very excited that Priscila, one of our students from St. Andrews Regional High School, will be publishing her book. I Remember is based upon her experience with Voices in Motion. She wrote it and did all the water-colour illustrations herself.

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Vowels Matter

Vowels Matter

You’ve heard me frequently say in rehearsal: “We want a unified vowel on that.” What do I mean by that? And why so much attention to vowels when we sing?

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Everyone Needs a Friend

Everyone Needs a Friend

In my work as narrative therapist, I’m often surprised at the missing component of authentic friendship as part of one’s community of influence. Whom we spend time with is crucial to our health, happiness and transitions in life.

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A Sister’s Support from Afar

A Sister’s Support from Afar

For me as a ViM chorister, violinist, volunteer and board member, the choir is like a second family and one that I know will provide the support and solace I may need in the not-too-distant future as the impact of Alzheimer’s on my brother Duncan and his family deepens.

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Why is a Representation Agreement important?

Why is a Representation Agreement important?

In this document you can appoint one or more people you trust to make these decisions on your behalf. Covering both health care and personal care, it is like a “power of attorney for your body”. During a time of mental incapacity, this type of advance care planning is extremely valuable.

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Why We Support Voices In Motion

Why We Support Voices In Motion

When we were introduced to Voices in Motion, we immediately saw the importance of it continuing past the research stage to become a widespread activity across Victoria and as far and wide as possible.

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The Reluctant Chorister

The Reluctant Chorister

We attended concerts in 2018, and then last summer were introduced to Erica, the choral conductor and I was ready to join the choir, but Barry was adamant that he could not sing. In a short time of meeting with Erica, who told him “Everyone can Sing”, we joined the Gordon Head Voices in Motion Choir.

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Dragon Boating Keeps Me Afloat

Dragon Boating Keeps Me Afloat

It took time to realize that if I did not take care of myself, I would be unable to properly care for my husband. He depends on me. We need each other. We are a team. My dragon boat team was my escape, if only for a few hours a week.

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Your Inner Game of Music

Your Inner Game of Music

So singing engages your entire brain. Not only that, but if you just THINK about singing the music, your brain is active and engaged in learning the music, even before you make a sound.

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Purpose and Meaning

Purpose and Meaning

As a bereavement educator and counselor, I have discovered that when you remove meaning and purpose, you remove someone’s heart and passion for living fully. So much of loss is about our individual identity. It’s often linked to an internal search for purpose and meaning.

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Research Helps Shape Dementia Policy

Research Helps Shape Dementia Policy

The next 6 months represents a particularly exciting period for VIM research. As many as 10 research projects will be ongoing simultaneously, with plans to share these findings locally with the VIM community, as well as nationally and internationally at scientific research conferences.

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People Who Need People

People Who Need People

This term’s musical theme: People Who Need People. Nothing can replace one-on-one, authentic, caring community where we can belong. We need each other!

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Relational Disruptions in Dementia

Relational Disruptions in Dementia

Following a dementia diagnosis, you might experience a change in your existing relationships with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues.
This is difficult to understand especially since you need more support and a listening ear more than ever.

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Challenge Stigma During Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Challenge Stigma During Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Canadians living with dementia are going public for a third consecutive year in an effort to change hearts and minds. They are courageously stepping forward with their personal stories in the Alzheimer Society’s nation-wide campaign, I live with dementia. Let me help you understand as part of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in January.

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We’re more than a choir. We’re family.

We’re more than a choir. We’re family.

I was excited when I heard about the Voices in Motion Choir as it brought together my love of music and my volunteer work. I was seeing how music could carry people back in time and bring back memories, or just bring happiness with beautiful melodies—it was a very satisfying pleasure indeed.

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