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President, Cheryl Hodge: "During the years of 2021 thru 2023, I have been working with elderly who suffer from dementia, even though I am not always allowed to enter a memory care facility, due to periodic quarantine restrictions. Sometimes it will just be online classes. Sometimes, I play wearing a mask in the entry hall with the main entrance closed, and they put the speaker inside the main door where the residents can continue to take part doing vocal exercises with me; singing their favorites in a Memory Choir."
“I am delighted that Cheryl Hodge, a brilliant jazz musician, is offering this program to persons experiencing dementia, and their caregivers. I strongly recommend this program. Enjoy!” - Bree Johnston MD, MPH, Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Washington
“Personally, in watching this almost magical chemistry between Cheryl (as tutor) and my wife Karen (as “student”) I have witnessed some wonderful results. All the songs evidently bring back some recall of past experience. For example, Karen’s favorite song is “Moon River”. In singing this song with Cheryl, I see Karen’s face and smile light up with what looks like absolute ecstasy.” - Ray McInnis, Professor Emeritus, Western Washington University
The Dementia Singalong Therapy Program is dedicated to sharing memory enhancing techniques for people living with dementia-related diseases and brain damage. This is done 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 impart a sense of hope in the community.
We are both a Federal Charity 501(c)(3) and a non-profit in the state of Washington.