A week-end training to teach participants to bring dance to older adults and people with a dementia
Here is a NY Times story of one woman who uses optimism and courage to face her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. She was drawn to this quotation: “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” Wonderful words for any of us to live to.
If you need reasons for why you should register now for the upcoming June 4-5 hands-on Training to Bring Dance to People with Dementia, read on. Otherwise, register here by May 4 for the Early Bird discount and before this 2 day workshop fills.
Watch this Ted-type ADTA Talk about why offering people with dementia the opportunity to dance daily is so important.
The narrative about dementia varies greatly depending upon one’s perspective. The most prevalent stories as told by the Alzheimer’s Association and promoted by the media involve the person’s supposed loss of Self and statistics, i.e., the number of people currently living with dementia. These stories generate tremendous fears intended to generate funding for medical research to find a cure and to minimize symptoms. (Whitehouse, 2008; Power, 2014). Psychiatrist and neurologist Peter Whitehouse argues that the Alzheimer’s field is one ‘whose diagnostic categories have hardened and whose moral imagination has gradually dissipated; a field committed to treating the biology of a person’s disease rather than focusing on the person who has the “disease”. (p. ix). Let’s learn to live well with this diagnosis.
Grounded in 38 years working as a dance/movement therapist, about 20 of them working with people with cognitive challenges, this training is designed to use dance and expressive movement as a way to enliven people with dementia (and their caregivers), uplifting one another along the way. What better model for living?
As part of the training, you will have the opportunity to observe, participate and assist in 2 dance/movement therapy groups with people with dementia.