Estimates vary, but many accounts suggest that half of us will experience some form of dementia in our lifetimes. As someone whose loved ones suffer and have suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease, this hits particularly close to home.
A bit of background: Room 217 is a not-for-profit organization that’s dedicated to incorporating music as an integral part of person-centred care. And that’s not just for dementia care. Music influences our mood and stress levels, and has been shown to reduce discomfort and improve tolerance to pain.
There’s a whole bunch of really interesting science behind this, too. Researchers have found that music can stimulate the production of dopamine, serotonin, endorphins, and even oxytocin.
But it’s not just about research and education. Room 217 provides musical education to caregivers who want to integrate music into their practices (see how they do it here).
And that’s where we get to the Voices That Care benefit. The benefit event is raising funds for Room 217’s dementia support program and is taking place May 5 (this Friday) at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto – get your tickets here. Don’t worry, we’ll wait…
This is a show you won’t want to miss. It features everyone from folk singer/songwriter Murray McLachlan and best-selling author Margaret Atwood, to fiddle sensations Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Soulpepper Theatre Company founder/actor/director Albert Schultz, Canadian tenor Ben Heppner, dancer Travis Knights and blues singer/guitarist Matt Andersen.
It’s a showcase you won’t want to miss – and it supports an amazing cause. Really, what’s not to love?