Join the ARA Chorus!

The ARA Chorus is a new, exciting program for persons experiencing dementia and their care partners that will provide mental stimulation, enriching activity, and the chance to meaningfully engage.

The program, based on the Giving Voice Initiative, will be for two 9 week periods, with Spring and Fall performances. There will be 8 weeks of practice with a Choral Director and Accompanist, and on the 9th week, the live concert: Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska (ARA) Chorus.

Who: Persons with dementia and their care partners

What: Sing! A fun activity to foster joy, well-being, and mind

Where: Wilda Marston Theatre (Loussac Library)

When: Rehearsals on Fridays, Sept. 27 – Nov. 15, 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Concert on Friday, Nov. 22 (afternoon). Registration is open!

No experience needed!

Volunteer as a choral friend! Volunteer singers are a familiar, welcoming face as singers arrive for rehearsal each week.  Each [volunteer] sings alongside a person with dementia, helping him or her follow the music and lyrics, taking notes and ensuring everyone [including a person’s caregiver] has an enjoyable experience during rehearsals and performances.  Volunteers commit to attending all weekly rehearsals and performances.  Volunteers receive training on Alzheimer’s and other dementias and dementia-friendly communication strategies. A volunteer informational meeting will take place on Fri., Sept. 6 from 1-2pm at ARA, 1750 Abbott Road.  If you cannot attend this meeting, or sign-up to volunteer after this meeting, you can schedule a time to meet with Ann Farris, Chorus Director. Call 907-561-3313 for inquiries.

More About Music and Its Effects on Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias

Music is transformative for people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias (ADRD); it can trigger memories that bring a person living with dementia into a more engaged state. This may happen because when we learn music, it is stored in “procedural memory” which is used for routines and repetitive activities. When a person progresses through dementia, procedural memory is frequently left intact. Read more about the awakening effect music has on individuals experiencing ADRD here.

Watch how a chorus can provide an activity in which care partners could participate together with others and perhaps slow the inevitable cognitive decline, like it as for 82 year old Ann Hope.

For more information about the ARA Chorus, or questions about ADRD, contact us at 907-561-3313 or email