The Rewire Musical Memories Choirs are inclusive, therapeutic choirs that aim to support people living with dementia and their family and friends who support them. The choir is passionate about supporting people who have a diagnosis of dementia to thrive, and is therapeutically designed to create opportunities for social support, cognitive stimulation, emotional and musical expression. The first choir began in 2016 part of a research project led by researchers from the University of Melbourne and Austin Health, which found that choir singing can provide important benefits for people living with dementia and their family and friends. Since then, the Rewire Musical Memories choirs continue to grow; we have two choirs currently operating in Banyule and Nillumbik, and both offer in-person and online attendance options.
The Rewire Musical Memories choirs are facilitated by registered music therapists (RMTs), who are trained in using music to support people in using music to improve and maintain their health and wellbeing. More information about the benefits of music therapy and choir singing for people living with dementia can be found via the links below.