Little did I know how passionate I would become about choral music and its benefits in my life. I just couldn’t get enough – the harmonies that were created when different voice types sang together – it was magical.
One definition that people have found helpful is this: Grief is your reaction to what you miss that you no longer have that used to be. Those with dementia can face compounded losses as the disease progresses. Family members also experience challenges as they watch their loved one transition in their dementia journey.
Diversion, my favourite tactic. It’s like pointing out a cat or a squirrel to my dog. All things before the chase ensues has been forgotten. Since my Mom’s dementia has progressed to the point of having a non-existent short-term memory, the hope of maintaining any type of conversation has dried up.
Susan-Rose and Bram are a duet in our Voices in Motion choir. We went out for lunch and heard about the early days of their time in Montreal, how they met and all the juicy moments in between. We learned about their careers, hobbies, and family members. We laughed a lot together.