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Bringing Dance to People with Dementia



May 5 @ 9:00 am
May 6 @ 5:30 pm


Bridges by Epoch
140 University Ave
Westwood,02090United States


Dance for Connection

What if you knew that dancing with people with dementia would bring YOU amazing gifts? How would life be different if the story you heard was that dancing with people with dementia was a joyous, uplifting experience for all, rather than the depressing narrative of suffering one usually hears? What if you knew that the gifts you received would far outweigh the energy exerted?

Back by popular demand, this is likely to be the only such training in 2018.

Join us for this 15 hour training in Westwood, MA to help you feel more confident to lead a dance/expressive movement program for people with memory loss.

This training provides theoretical and practical skills for anyone interested in bringing dance to people with neurocognitive challenges. The training is experiential and interactional and includes 2 one-hour groups dancing with people with dementia. The course introduces issues of aging, dementia and dementia care, the use of self, the role of mirroring, kinesthetic empathy, group dynamics, and the essential elements for creating and adapting dance and expressive movement structures for this population using music and props. 

Dance for Connection’s goal is to provide more opportunities where people with dementia can actively engage, inspire and uplift one another through dance in a supportive social-emotional environment. 

This program has been approved for 15 Category I MaMHCA hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 262 CMR.             

This course has been approved by the American Dance Therapy Association as meeting requirements for the Alternate Route R-DMT credential, or for 15 continuing education units for the ADTA.

To receive ceus, you must attend all 15 hours. Because the experience is intended to be integrative, focusing on the social emotional environment for the cohort as well as the folks with dementia with whom we will be working and not simply for our cognitive minds, trainees must be willing to commit to attending all day Saturday and at least half the day on Sunday.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, 2018

Time:  9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day            15 contact hours

Location: Bridges by EPOCH at 140 University Ave, Westwood, MA

Cost: $225

Light complimentary lunch and snacks provided.


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