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Alzheimer’s patients, with caregivers, sing to help stay in touch

The chorus group The Joytones are shown during a weekly rehearsal in Clifton Park. Pictured from right in the front row are Jane Wagner, Shirley Wagner, Peggy Long, Ann Crowley Langhauser, Josephine Barranco and Josephine Barbella.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
The chorus group The Joytones are shown during a weekly rehearsal in Clifton Park. Pictured from right in the front row are Jane Wagner, Shirley Wagner, Peggy Long, Ann Crowley Langhauser, Josephine Barranco and Josephine Barbella.
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"Climb every mountain, search high and low.” On Tuesday morning, the pews in Shenendehowa United Methodist Church are empty, but up front, behind the altar, 12 men and women are sitting shoulder-to-shoulder, singing a tune from “The Sound of Music.” “It’s a beautiful song,” Doug Long, the conductor, tells the chorus. “Now once again, the whole piece.” Long looks at each of the singers, making sure everyone is ready. He raises his right hand, counts ...

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