Dementia patients and their caregivers are invited to join a new choir designed specifically for them. The choir will gather at 7 p.m. Monday nights starting Nov. 26 at Zion Lutheran Church, 228 N. Eighth St., Brainerd.

Multiple studies have found that the ability to recall music and nurture singing are among those that last in areas of the brain to be affected by dementia. Music truly connects us, and for those living with dementia, music therapy provides a way to connect with loved ones.

People with early to mid-stage Alzheimer's disease and other dementias note increased self-esteem, confidence and a strong sense of belonging after singing. A volunteer group is creating that experience locally by forming a dementia choir.

All are invited. For more information, contact Diane Guidi at