Dancing With Dementia
Dance has the ability to transport individuals to a place where they can completely get lost in the moment. Dance has many physical and psychological benefits for people of all ages and abilities but particularly for those living with Dementia. When individuals living with Dementia are given the opportunity to dance they are given the opportunity to free their minds. They can escape their anxieties and channel their agitation in a safe and dignified way whilst enjoying the opportunity to be creative and expressive. Dance and music are such powerful triggers for people living with Dementia. Both dance and music can encourage individuals to be present in the here and now as the tempos, rhythms and lyrics of the music encourages spontaneous movements and outbursts of dancing. Furthermore dance and music can help to elicit memories of dancing days gone by or moments of an individual’s personal story.