The “Building Bridges” chorus, a choir for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and their care givers, will launch in Granite Falls, October 5th. The choir is also for people recovering from a stroke or brain injury due to an accident. Organized by the Granite Falls ACT on Alzheimer’s Team, with leadership from The Granite Falls Living at Home Block Nurse Program (GF-LAH/BNP), the “Building Bridges” chorus is modeled after existing “Giving Voice” choirs in the Twin Cities.

Rehearsals for the Granite Falls, Building Bridges Chorus begin October 5th and will be held every Thursday between 9:00 am – 11:00 am through, November. GF-LAH/BNP is available to provide assisted transportation to and from rehearsals. “We don’t want lack of transportation to be a barrier for anyone who might enjoy participating in this choir,” said ACT on Alzheimer’s & GF-LAH/BNP volunteer, Diane Linden. “All you need to do is call the LAH/BNP office to make arrangements.”

The program is as much about the social component of rehearsals as it is the music. Each session will begin and end with coffee and light snacks as people visit and gather for rehearsal. “It doesn’t matter if participants have former singing or music experience,” said Jan Lerohl, music director of the Granite Falls Building Bridges choir. “All are welcome to join this chorus. We plan to learn fun and familiar songs.” Alzheimer’s can be isolating for people and their caregivers. The chorus gives them a chance to get back into community life.

“Often the picture of this disease is of later stages,” said Mary Lenard, co-president of the Giving Voice Initiative. “But there really is a lot of time along the journey to have meaningful experiences in the community, along with purposeful and meaningful relationships. What we’re working to provide is a friendly opportunity for social interaction along with support.”

There is no charge to participate in the Building Bridges Choir. Rehearsals will be held at St Paul’s Lutheran Church. For more information phone the Living at Home Block Nurse Program at 320-564-3235.