Roswell, Georgia – June 10, 2019 - Singing with Parkinson's is Atlanta's first therapeutic choir for individuals with Parkinson's Disease. This choir is made possible through the generous support of the Thanks Mom & Dad Fund, the Alchemy Sky Foundation, and The George Center Foundation.
About one million Americans are thought to have Parkinson’s. This is more than those affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), muscular dystrophy (MD), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) combined. Every year, about 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s and this does not reflect the thousands of cases that go undetected. 
Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) has proven to be particularly effective for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Research in both music therapy and neuroscience has shown that music synchronizes neural activity, and can improve patients’ cognitive motor, sensorimotor, and speech/language symptoms . Furthermore, studies show that music stimulates the production of dopamine and serotonin — two neurotransmitters that are severely diminished in PD patients. Unlike most daily activities, music engages multiple areas of the brain at once and specific elements of music can be utilized to stimulate plasticity in targeted brain regions. PD patients report that participation in singing activities and music with a strong rhythm has improved their: gait , breath support , swallowing and respiratory function , mood and symptoms of depression , motor control, ability to perform consecutive tasks .
Our Parkinson's Choir is designed by Neurologic Music Therapists to address limitations and struggles that occur with Parkinson's Disease and improve participants quality of life.
We invite you to take a musical trip across the pond as our Singing with Parkinson’s Choir presents songs celebrating the British Isles and Americas. Come enjoy this incredible group of singers! The concert is FREE and open to the public on Sunday, 6/23/19 3:00 pm at North River Baptist Church.
The George Center, a renowned music therapy practice based in Roswell, GA facilitates the program which began in 2018. “We are excited to positively impact the lives of older adults living with Parkinson’s Disease through this research-backed, fun-filled program” said Jaye Budd, Executive Director of the Alchemy Sky Foundation. “As a community, we engage in singing a variety of music each week and use this emotional outlet to address the physical and neurologic symptoms of PD and to foster relationships between our members. We have been privileged to perform in the community at events such as the 2018 Parkinson's Moving Day and the 2019 Living Well with Parkinson's Symposium,” noted Claire Morison, LPMT, MT-BC, who is a licensed and board-certified music therapist.
About Alchemy Sky Foundation Alchemy Sky Foundation brings the healing power of music to those who need it. ASF partners with organizations in the community as well as a broad network of music and health professionals to create needs-based programs for its clients. The Alchemy Sky Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non- profit organization.
About Thanks Mom & Dad Fund® The Thanks Mom & Dad Fund is a charity created to honor parents, grandparents and mentors by supporting programs and services for the aging population. It works to improve the quality of life for older adults and honors the contributions of older adults one generation to another by raising funds and making grants to agencies serving them.
About the George Center Foundation provides scholarships to families, organizations, and programs who are not able to pay for music therapy services for those in need. Thanks to donors and volunteers - quality, licensed, and board certified music therapy programs that could not otherwise be afforded are accessible to children, adolescents, teens, adults, and grandfriends in the metro Atlanta area.
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For further information, please contact:
Jamie George, LPMT, MT-BC
The George Center Foundation