Share resources to inspire one another to improve the quality of life for people with dementia including Alzheimer's
I am attempting to create this U.S. Dance and Dementia Network via email group, modeling it after one that Dr. Richard Coaten has created – one specifically for the UK and a 2nd for folks internationally. My hope is that everyone who is interested in or brings dance to people with dementia will join this network. This will be disseminated via email AND IS ONLY about dance and older adults and people with dementia. Below is my intent in creating this network.
I envision this email network as a resource for keeping each other up-to-date on the latest happenings, resources, articles, links and events related to dance and dementia within the U.S. that any of us find most useful. It is my hope that we will use this network to inspire one another, thus improving the quality of life for people living with a dementia.
I would like to better understand the state of the art of dancing with people with dementia in the U.S., whether done by dance/movement therapists, dance educators, dancers, activity professionals or caregivers. I would like to know how many strong we are and what we are actually doing. Again, my hope is that as we begin to share our resources, that we can also share our dreams for better advocacy and our dreams for greater support, i.e. through workshops, training, conferences and research opportunities.
Since I began to work with older adults with neurological impairments in the early 1980’s, I have come to believe that ALL older adults and especially those with dementia in care facilities, are best served by being offered the opportunity to dance and/or move expressively on a regular basis, preferably daily. I also believe that best practice for people with advanced dementia who can no longer use verbal language would involve at least 1 person on care staff who comes from an embodied perspective.
If you are interested in joining this network, email me at donna@danceanddementiadotcom and let me know:
Do you want your email addresses public to one another? (not on my blog or website)
Are you willing to send and receive emails directly from one another?
What do you need and want relative to your interest in dancing with people with dementia? What are you willing to share?
For now, I want to let you all know that I will be providing a training to Bring Dance to People with Dementia, June 4 and 5 in Brookline, MA. It will be held at Goddard House Assisted Living, where you will have the opportunity to engage in 2 groups with the residents. You can learn more and subscribe directly here: https://danceforconnection.com/
I hope this is finally!!! the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration.