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RECOLLECTIV IS CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY. IN-PERSON SESSIONS MAY RESUME AT A FUTURE DATE. If you would like to participate or want more information, please contact us at
Recollectiv's mission is to help people with memory impairments and their care partners gain a new social network, rediscover a sense of accomplishment and find JOY through music-making. Community participation also helps to destigmatize this often isolating diagnosis. Participation is best suited to those still living at home, with or without a care partner, but those living in congregate settings are also welcome to participate in our online program.

Other isolated seniors as well as family members are welcome to join our online sessions to keep their minds stimulated by the benefits music making and community. Our sessions are fun and help reduce stress!

Recollectiv meets every Saturday afternoon and is free of charge with advance registration. Please join our mailing list to be kept informed.

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According to the Alzheimer's Society of Canada, in 2020 there were  597,000 Canadians living with dementia. By 2031, the number is projected to rise to 955,900 – an increase of 66 percent in just 13 years. There is ongoing research seeking ways to better diagnose, treat and cure dementia but in the meantime many of those affected – including family members – face isolation, depression and despair.

Recollectiv’s weekly session provides stimulation, socialization and lifts the spirits of everyone who participates. The sessions are free and are open to all who wish to sing along or play an instrument, regardless of their ability level.

Currently meeting over Zoom, volunteer song leaders sing (and often play) each song and lyrics are shared on screen while everyone else sings or plays along while muted. Between songs, there is conversation and laughter for those who wish to partake.

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Ilana Waldston

Founder of Recollectiv

After my mother was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia, she began to lose the ability to participate in all the activities she used to enjoy (bridge, reading, theatre-going, etc.). I quickly discovered that live music invigorated her, elevated her mood and had lasting positive cognitive effects, particularly if she was able to sing, dance or clap along. I am thrilled to bring to Toronto this group that will help so many who face these challenges

Carol Rosenstein
Co-Founder, Co-Director of
Music Mends Minds

Playing music creates such excitement that it alters the chemistry of the brain by causing the release of natural dopamine, which controls movement, mood and cognition. Music not only mends minds, but families and relationships. I like to say it restores the rhythm of life and I want to share that medicine with others.

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