Voices in Motion
Voices in Motion is multi-generational choir and a two-year research study led by Dr. Debra Sheets, along with fellow research affiliates of UVic’s Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health — Stuart MacDonald (Psychology) and Andre Smith (Sociology) — along with Mary Kennedy (Music) and Carl Asche (Economics) at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.
They are investigating how participation in this type of choir impacts quality of life for persons with dementia, caregiver well-being, and how it reduces some of the stigma surrounding memory loss.
Funding for this project came from a Quality of Life partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
PHOTO: Gracia Seal (centre) and St. Andrew’s Regional High School students Jessica Coady (left), Claire O’Neill and Mari Chambers on percussion, practice with the Voices in Motion intergenerational choir project led by UVic researchers.