DEMENTIA SINGALONG THERAPY PROGRAM

BIG NEWS: Just received a $1500. grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation, via the Bellingham Music Enrichment Project! Monies will be used for distribution of books and CDs for those who cannot afford it; as well as aspects like creating special projects for the 4 Memory Choirs I am teaching. This is so exciting!  Locations of my choirs: Fairhaven Brookdale, Bellingham Brookdale, The Orchard.

Cheryl Hodge is the founder of this type of therapy, which includes stretching, breathing exercises, singing exercises, singing songs, and sharing stories brought up from singing certain songs. The Dementia Singalong Therapy Program is now officially sponsored by a non-profit organization:  The Bellingham Music Enrichment Project (BMEP). To make a tax-refundable contribution by Paypal, please click HERE. You will be able to specify that the donation is for the "Dementia Singalong Therapy Program".  To donate by mail, please make checks or money orders to: BMEP, and send to: Cheryl Hodge, 1211 Bancroft St., Bellingham, WA 98225.  We will mail you back and/or email you a receipt for your wonderful support. Your money will be used for various purposes: to produce books w/CDs for those who cannot afford it, help fund projects for Cheryl's MEMORY CHOIRS ("The Bellingham Note-ables"); and help pay for travel expenses for workshops Cheryl gives across the country; as well as help pay for administrative fees.  To find out more about the Bellingham Music Enrichment Project, please click here:  BMEP.  Personal note from Cheryl: I cannot thank you enough for everyones' generous contributions which got me to the point of becoming part of a great non-profit organization!


Mission Statement:

The Dementia Singalong Therapy Program is dedicated to sharing exercises with patients living with dementia-related diseases and brain damage, through a series of exercises which help to strengthen the brain’s memory and communication processes. We empower residents in houses and memory care units to create meaningful experiences which help to expand awareness and a sense of hope in the community.  

OUR GOALS

• Create ways to give residents and patients a sense of purpose.  

• Inspire caregivers and loved ones to find value in helping the 

  individual in need to communicate more effectively.                                                                                                                                                          

• Reduce loneliness, boredom, and a feeling of disconnection

  common in people living with Parkinsons, Alzheimer’s, and

  brain damage.                                                                                   

• Educate community and improve community awareness.                                                                                                                  

• Change the way dementia is viewed; not as a setback but as 

  an opportunity to grow. 

Recently, exciting discoveries have been made in relation to Music as a new approach to creating new neural pathways in people living with dementia-related diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinsons. These methods can even be helpful for people coping with strokes, or brain injuries. This is accomplished through a series of stretches, breath work, diaphragmatic muscle work, scales, singing familiar old songs and finally sharing stored memories, brought up by singing certain songs. A former Berklee Coll. of Music professor, Cheryl Hodge, will lead you in some exercises that will shed light on how to help this process come to fruition, through a presentation of breath & vocal exercises, a group singalong, followed by a sharing of memories that come up from this single session. Free to public. Caregivers and loved ones are encouraged to attend, along with those who are affected with a brain disorder.

Book w/mp3s is now on sale at Amazon.com Sale price $5.99 

Past Workshops (2017)

Sept. 27 (Wed.) - Kennewick, WA 3pm, Center For Spiritual Living, 3-4:30pm

Sept. 28 (Thurs.) - Boise, ID, 1pm, Senior Center,

Sept. 29 (Fri.) - Salt Lake City, Center For Spiritual Living - 2:30pm-4pm

Oct. 1 (Sun.) - Boulder, CO, Public Library, Boulder Creek Room, 1:30-2:30pm

Oct. 3rd - Kansas City, MO - Evergreen

Oct. 5th, Cleveland, OH - Eliza Bryant

Oct. 10th, Waltham Crossings Memory Care Unit, Waltham, MA

Oct. 23rd, Atria Bay Spring Village, Barrington, Rhode Island

Oct. 27th, New Windsor, NY

Nov. 4th, Santa Fe, NM, Vista Hermosa Center

Dec. 2 (Sat.), Sedona, Sedona, AZ, Sedona Winds Asst. Living, 9:30am

Dec. 4th (Mon.), Sedona, AZ, Sedona Library Community Room, 2pm- OPEN TO PUBLIC - Free!

Dec. 11th (Mon.), 1-2:15pm; Tucson, AZ, ARMOR PARK SENIOR CENTER, 220 S. 5th Avenue

Singalong Tracks from Book (Free)

AUTHOR: Cheryl Hodge

"Alzheimer's, Dementia & The Healing Power of Music" by Cheryl Hodge, c. 2016 - Singalong Music tracks (Companion mp3s - PUBLIC DOMAIN)

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FROM CHERYL'S NEW BOOK with companion warm-ups and CDs:  "Alzheimer's, Dementia & the Healing Power of Music: Singalong Therapy"
To ORDER hardcover or ebook, email: hodgecheryl@hotmail.com OR thru this website.  Visit Facebook page! 
LOGGING PAGES from book:  CLICK HERE. Companion diary pages from "Alzheimer's, Dementia & the Healing Power of Music".  Keep track of your progress (or your patient's) daily by clicking on logging page diary.