Don’t Define Me, Just Remind Me

New Friends Memory Care has created an innovative “memory care choir” consisting of its residents with memory care issues, called the New Friends Memory Care, “Tic-Toc” Choir. The group is receiving national attention, with a recent mini-documentary created by Direct Supply out of Milwaukee, entitled, “The Spirit of Caring.” Musical Director and New Friends and Vibrant Life founder, professional musician, Dean Solden wrote the song for the residents of the community, inspired by their “ferocious will to live and still be themselves, and not be defined by their dementia.” The music video helps de-sensitize the concept of people having dementia, especially those with early cognitive or memory care issues.

Meet 3 Members of the Tic-Toc Choir

With the World Premier of our very own Tic-Toc Choir just around the corner, we thought it would be nice to catch up with a few of the performers and get to know them a bit better.

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Reminder: New Friends Memory Care has created an innovative “memory care choir” consisting of its residents with memory care issues, called the New Friends Memory Care, “Tic-Toc” Choir and is receiving national attention. Their showcase video is titled, “Don’t Define Me, Just Remind Me.”

Meet Some Stars of the Tic-Toc Choir

Meet Sandy

Sandy was a delight to interview with lively talk about her involvement in the choir, her love of music, and life as a young woman.

“Dean is a great man and his personality is so sweet. It’s because of him that we (the choir) want to do a good job. He is interested in all of us, which is so important.”

Sandy’s love for the choir is evident whenever she talks about it. She became quite animated when talking about her younger years. Sandy has lived in Michigan her entire life. She grew up near Kalamazoo as the youngest of four girls. Her father left the family when she was just four years old. Sandy’s mother worked hard raising her daughters and teaching them to work hard too. Sandy helped her sister with her paper route, later worked in an ice cream parlor, and eventually started a 30 year career at UpJohns.

Sandy sang in her church choir and loves traditional hymns along with many types of music. Country is one of her favorite genres.

When asked if she had any words of wisdom for younger generations, Sandy said, “Get along and have a good time. Do something you enjoy.”

Tic-Toc Choir

Meet Katie

Katie loves all kinds of music and is an expert at animal impressions. She enjoys the Tic-Toc Choir and singing with her friends.

She spent her career as a nurse and has one son, one daughter, and grandchildren. When asked about her favorite food, Katie had a hard time narrowing it down but admitted she prefers salty over sweet.

At Vibrant Life, Katie also enjoys arts and crafts and her favorite spot is sitting in the dining area with friends and keeping an eye on what is going on outside.

Tic-Toc Choir

Meet Linda

Linda has fond memories of producing the music video and also enjoys being in the choir. Her favorite Christmas carol is, “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas.” With a gleam in her eye, she admitted her favorite type of music is Rock n’ Roll. The more toe tapping, the better!

Linda is very proud of her sons, one of which is a police officer in Battle Creek and the other lives in Florida and is the father to her granddaughter Gabby. Her favorite hobby is light gardening where she can spend time outside in nice weather.

Words of wisdom: “Roll with the punches!”

 

Find Out More

Stay tuned for more information about this wonderful and popular choir. Please join us at our world premier featuring the video, “Don’t Define Me, Just Remind Me” and a performance from the choir. You don’t want to miss it.

EVENT DETAILS

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Red Carpet World Premier of Hip Hop Memory Care Music Video

Are you ready for the Red Carpet World Premier of the ONLY Hip Hop Memory Care Music Video?

What an amazing way to close out the decade!

New Friends Memory Care has created an innovative “memory care choir” consisting of its residents with memory care issues, called the New Friends Memory Care, “Tic-Toc” Choir and is receiving national attention. Their showcase video is titled, “Don’t Define Me, Just Remind Me.

Musical Director and New Friends and Vibrant Life founder, professional musician, Dean Solden wrote the song for the residents of the community, inspired by their “ferocious will to live and still be themselves, and not be defined by their dementia.”  The music video helps desensitize the concept of people having dementia, especially those with early cognitive or memory care issues. 

This event is our way of celebrating these wonderfully talented seniors.

Event Details

Please visit our Facebook Event for more details. 

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 5-6PM

WHERE: The Jolliffe Theatre Space at the Epic Center in downtown, Kalamazoo (359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 205, Kalamazoo, MI  49006)

COST:  The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP. Call Jenny Palmer at 269-372-6100 or email  jpalmer@newfriendsmemorycare.com

DETAILS: This heart-warming event will feature residents of New Friends Memory Care, formally dressed, walking on the red-carpet at Kalamazoo’s Jolliffe Theatre Space at the Epic Center, (something they never expected) as they and the audience will watch the premier of their music video, Don’t Define Me, Just Remind Me,  as well as a the Mini-documentary, The Spirit of Caring. There will also be a performance by the New Friends Memory Care Tic-Toc choir and a discussion with the audience about music and dementia.  This event will also be the formal launch of the music video on social media. 

About Vibrant Life and New Friends Memory Care

Our History

Vibrant Life Senior Living Communities opened in 1997.  We are dedicated to the belief that seniors can continue to enjoy a vibrant life and have a purpose despite any physical or cognitive decline.

We currently have four locations:

Vibrant Life Temperance

New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living

The Lodges of Durand

Vibrant Life Senior Living Superior Township

Our Mission

Vibrant Life Senior Living’s mission and core principles emphasize respect, care, and empowering each person to live a fulfilling life. We focus on meaningful relationships and continued access to the stimulating activities that make life worth living.

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  • What does it mean to care for the caregiver?