Music and Dance
Our care homes has regular excersize and dance afternoons, David from Motavation and co
They really enjoy there time with him, the benefits that this time brings helps residents express themselves in new ways: Dance movement therapy allows those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to move as a means to communicate, which helps them develop a “physical vocabulary,” according to experts
Reduce anxiety and agitation: Dance movement therapy keeps people engaged, even when they are not speaking. When they don’t have the pressure of speaking words they can’t remember, they can relax. Someone who is agitated and anxious, which is common among this population, may move fast and strong to the music, which eases their frustration It eases the fear, anxiety, agitation and other behavioural issues that are common with dementia.
Trigger memories: If our residents are having trouble recalling the past, dance can help trigger memories because it creates a social interaction that is familiar. People express feelings in a way that may not be communicated to a family member or a nurse or an aide. In that way, the therapy is contributing to their care.
Improves overall well-being: At the beginning of each session, we assess a resident’s movement patterns and behaviours as a clue to the way they are thinking and feeling. Sessions typically include a warm up, moving the arms and legs, and looking and reaching up to elongate the body.
Dance movement therapy helps regulate mood, loosens people up physically, and stimulates the senses. These therapies offer a way for all of our residents a healthy way to enjoy daily life.
Improves quality of life: There is a transformation that takes place in our residents who participate in dance movement therapy. Someone who started a session hunched over ends up swaying to a beat. A resident who was lethargic begins tapping her toes. Suddenly, they’re fully engaged, expressing themselves emotionally through movement. What’s more, visiting friends and family can take part, too. Whether it is performing rhythmic movement, or engaging with family and friends, dance movement therapy gives everyone a chance to feel joy together.