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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students + Seniors = Singing. A story of a multi-generational choir. Once the singing starts, age disappears & melody fills the room.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.