Catching Dust in Mid Air

‘Catching Dust in Mid Air’ is a unique musical experience illuminating the daily experiences of those caring for someone with dementia.

Catching Dust in Mid Air

‘Catching Dust in Mid Air’ is a unique musical experience illuminating the daily experiences of those caring for someone with dementia.

The project

There are many factors that often affect carers of people with dementia: isolation, breakdown of social networks, depression, and reluctance to accept support and services.

Between 2003 and 2008, these themes were explored in a series of music therapy workshops facilitated by Carers Victoria. Over 50 carers participated; expressing their experiences and feelings through song selection, group discussion and song writing.

The result was a CD of 11 songs that cover a diverse range of themes including: frustration, anger, loss and grief, hope and the importance of self-care.

Catching Dust in Mid Air is a useful tool to help carers to normalise and validate their experience and to encourage them to seek support. It also aims to build better community understanding of dementia and its impact on carers.

Acknowledgements: This project was brought to life by Carers Victoria project workers: Katerina Tzikas and Loretta Quinn; and supported by our affiliates Alzheimers Association Victoria and Box Hill Tafe.

The launch

On 16 November 2007, Catching Dust in Mid Air was launched at Melbourne Town Hall. Joining Clare Bowditch (ARIA award-winning singer/songwriter) who MC’d the event was guest speaker Sue Pieters-Hawke and many of the carers who had participated in the music therapy workshops. Guests were treated to live performances of some of the songs by artists Cherinne Peck, Michelle Nicolle and Loretta Quinn.

Carers Victoria acknowledges the traditional owners of this land and pays respect to elders both past and present.

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