Loudoun Times Mirror: The healing power of music: A Place to Be offers support, community through stroke survivor choir

Dec 31, 2019

One of the greatest challenges for recovering stroke survivors is regaining a sense of self, and the Different Strokes for Different Folks choir gives new meaning to the idea of finding one’s voice.

Tom Sweitzer, co-founder of Middleburg-based music therapy organization A Place to Be, began the choir five years ago to help stroke survivors work toward regaining their verbal skills, memory and physicality.

“Music, its ability with text, its ability with rhythm, connects to a human being in the brain where nothing else can,” Sweitzer told the Times-Mirror. “We find a lot of music … to be something that not only engages their memory but prompts them for words that they might not be able to access very easily.”

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