With Music in Mind
May 15, 2018
This program is open to all individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Pre-registration is required: Families can register or find more information by contacting CaringKind’s 24-hour Helpline, 646-744-2900.
A partnership between Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and CaringKind, With Music in Mind brings extraordinary musical experiences to people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and their caregivers. This marks the first time that CaringKind’s connect2culture ® program – an initiative that helps cultural organizations develop programs for New York’s Alzheimer’s community – is bringing performing arts programming into Brooklyn. Formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, CaringKind has been New York City’s leading expert on Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving for more than 30 years.
With Music in Mind, funded by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, comprises two important components: training and performance. Experts from CaringKind will provide in-depth “Understanding Dementia” training designed specifically for Orpheus staff and musicians. Staff and musicians will be sensitized to the special needs of this community and provided with the tools needed to orient people with dementia and their caregivers to the musical experience.
The initiative culminates in a special 90-minute performance event. With Music in Mind audiences will consist entirely of people with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their caregivers. The program will offer an intimate concert performed by Orpheus, followed by a conversation between the musicians and the audience, and concluding with a social tea.
A growing body of research offers evidence of the cognitive and social benefits that the performing arts can have on a person with dementia. Research has also shown that multi-sensory stimulation, activated by museum outings, concerts, and garden visits allows people with dementia to become more aware of their environment, reduce anxiety and agitation, and drastically enhance their moods.
More upcoming performances
October 28, 2018 | 5:00PM
Areté Venue and Gallery
November 3, 2018 | 7:30PM
Weis Center at Bucknell University
November 6, 2018 | 7:00PM
DePaul University – Mary Gannon Concert Hall
November 7, 2018 | 7:00PM
Kaufman Center for the Performing Arts
Kansas City, MO
November 9, 2018 | 8:00PM
Staller Center for the Performing Arts | Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY