Register NOW to learn to bring dance to older adults and people with dementia - only 2 days left!
Dance whenever you can. Dancing can reverse brain aging. Dance increases the size of the part of the brain first impacted by dementia. I am not a neuroscientist; I don’t know the science of it, but seeing people’s responses to dancing and listening to the brain science, I believe it.
I’m just back from the Expressive Therapies Summit in L.A. where I attended a lecture by Dr. Dan Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA, who said that “Relational integration stimulates neural integration.” He also said that a small input of energy/information into the amygdyla leads to large differences in the brain.
In my trainings and workshops, I teach about, but even more importantly, model relational integration. My plan in my groups is to bring an excellent playlist of music, props that allow the people present to make aesthetic choices, receive their responses, and integrate them into the unfolding of our group. The result is that people invest themselves in the moment, they become present, feel connected, and empowered and often experience joy.
My only training to Bring Dance to People with Dementia in 2018 is this coming weekend, May 5 and 6 in Westwood, MA. There are only 2 days left to register. I’d love to have you join us. My intention in my trainings is to provide theoretical and practical information that people can take directly into their dance with folks with dementia and to have participants contribute their resources. I expect it will be joyous because it always is, and that helps encode what we learn so that we remember and can utilize.
“Donna provided me with the framework to move forward and run my own movement groups. The structure Donna provided me with enabled me to run these groups successfully and creatively.” ~ Bev Therkelsen, Expressive Therapist