Zachary Anderson
Completed BSN program 2017
Supervisor: Debra Sheets

This descriptive qualitative study explores the key characteristics, benefits, and lessons learned from community-based choirs for persons with dementia (PwD) and their caregivers (CGs). Although there is growing interest in choirs for PwD, there has been no synthesis of information on these choirs. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six community-based choirs with PwD and their CGs. The interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed. Content analyses indicated that choirs had many similarities in membership (e.g., early to mid-stage dementia), establishing formal sections (e.g., soprano, alto, tenor, bass), administration (e.g., leadership, fees), and music programming (e.g., public performance, duration and length of sessions). Benefits of the choir include caregiver support & respite, opportunities for learning, and social inclusion. In conclusion, this descriptive study suggests that community-based choirs are an inexpensive and valuable program that improves quality of life for PwD and CGs.

From the 2017 Spring & Summer Communiqué — Research Edition