Carleton Presents Music Matters: Melodies to Nourish the Body and Mind

Carleton University and Artswell present Music Matters, a celebratory public performance by adults living with dementia and their caregivers.

When: Sunday, May 1, 2016, at 2 p.m.
Where: NAC Fourth Stage, 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa
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Over eight weeks, 14 participants collaborated with two local musicians—Carleton’s Juno award-winning percussionist, Jesse Stewart, and jazz singer and songwriter, Julia Churchill— to create an innovative performance that will include collaboratively-developed music and some favourite melodies from the past. This show is a testament to the talent, creativity and ingenuity of individuals living with various stages of dementia and their caregivers.

Carleton’s Renate Ysseldyk, assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences, and students Noah Latchem, Anita Sengupta and Angela Paric are studying the health benefits of Music Matters. Through a series of short surveys, open-ended interview questions and observational measures, both the group identity and the individual health benefits of Music Matters will be captured.

It has been a seamless collaboration that appears to have both intrigued and benefitted the participants.

Music Matters is a community partnership led by Artswell in collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County, Carleton University and Bruyère Continuing Care, and funded by the Community Foundation of Ottawa. All proceeds from the performance will go towards continuing to offer the Music Matters program in the community at no charge to participants.

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