Somatic Revelations Ty Tedmon-Jones' blog devoted to information sharing, professional practices and diversity awareness & multiculturalism in the fields of Dance/Movement Therapy and Professional Counseling
The Dance to DTR Blair Cronin's blog on the wonders, trials, and tribulations of becoming a certified dance/movement therapist in California
In my search for information about retrogenesis, I just happened upon this blog post, Revisiting the Theory of Retrogenesis about attempting to shower a person with a significant dementia that makes so much sense.
Retrogenesis is the concept that in dementia the brain deteriorates functionally and cognitively in the reverse order of how it develops in early life. Verna Brenner Carson offers this perspective of how an understanding of retrogenesis can help with bathing, one of the most common, challenging ordeals caregivers face:
By the time someone with Alzheimer’s requires the assistance of another to do basic activities such as bathing, the person is functioning at Stage 6 . . . on the FAST (Functional Assessment Staging Tool). This stage equates to the cognitive and functional level of a toddler, and we generally do not shower toddlers. The water from the shower hitting the toddler in the face would be very frightening to the child! We generally bathe toddlers in a tub. We sing to them while we bathe them; we put toys into the bath water with the child; we try to make the bathing experience pleasant — we certainly don’t choose a method of bathing that frightens or in any way upsets the child.
Ginny Mazur, Community Partnership Director at Goddard House shared great wisdom about what she sees as the basis for hopeful in aging in this interview with Dr. John Zeisel.
"There were many highlights in what she had to say, in fact, she was radiant. She talked about the community walking program at Goddard House, where the residents walk in nature. Asked what it is about walking in nature that is healing, Ginny said, "There’s something intrinsically healing for all of us, not just a person with AD. . . . Something magical happens. The dementia falls away. It doesn’t matter who’s who.... another aspect of nature is that it is very leveling. We realize we’re part of a much greater sense of things. We’re a little blip on the screen. We simultaneously feel how small we are, and how connected we are."
The interiority of ourselves is a concept of Rabbi Zalman Schacter Shalomi's in his book, From Ageing to Sageing that Ginny shared in the Hopeful Aging interview, produced by Bedford TV.
This is an interview well worth the 30 minutes of watching. I look forward to watching Zeisel's interview of storyteller and healer, Alan O'Hare as well.
Mind, Heart, and Movement An Evening of Creative Arts & Health Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 7pm
The NYC Regional Arts in Healthcare Group brings together a broad spectrum of professionals and students in art, music, drama, dance, writing, the creative arts therapies, healthcare, mental health, government, and education.
We are thrilled to present our upcoming event, Tuesday, October 28th featuring clinical somatic psychotherapist, dance movement therapist, Dr. Jennifer Frank Tantia, Phd, BC-DMT, LCAT, and an exclusive performance/discussion of "4 Chambers,” an original sensorial journey into the heart by renowned choreographer, Jody Oberfelder.
Connect with colleagues and be inspired. All members and non-members welcome!
REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED
LOCATION: PHILLIPS AMBULATORY CARE CENTER 10 Union Square East, 2nd floor New York, NY 10003 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R TO UNION SQUARE 14 ST STOP
Iris Bräuninger's article, 'Dance movement therapy with the elderly: An international internet-based survey under taken with practitioners' is being published in Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy (2014). Routledge / Taylor & Francis has included the article in an online article collection focussing on dementia and memory loss (http://bit.ly/dementia-articles) as part of a series on neurological disorders.
Thanks to friend, dancer, fellow Certified Laban Analyst, and Assistant Professor at Roger Williams University, Cathy Nicoli for sharing the link to this story, Rainy Days and Mondys on NPR's This American Life with Ira Glass. It only took me 7 weeks to finally sit and listen. I was delighted to hear Karen Stobbe's story of her attempts to apply improvisational skills to her life with Mother, with whom Karen, husband Mondy and 15 y.o. daughter were living with. Karen is a wonderful woman whom I've met over the past several years at the Pioneer Network conferences.
Karen's story reveals how much easier it is for her husband to apply improv skills to engage with her mother than for her. That is a story very familiar to me, and is why I think that providing a compassionate environment other than one's original home can be an appropriate alternative. As I listened to the story, I was reminded of the difficulty I had when my father's story conflicted with my internal sense of myself and my history. It was particulary difficult when I brought my father to my home for a family dinner the first time and he asked why I hadn't invited my mother. Didn't my dad know who I was, didn't he know that I would never fail to invite my mom if I could? That's why I needed to impress upon him the memory that my mother had died. Never mind the pain I caused him, I was protecting my sense of myself. It took me a few times of re-injuring him with this reminder before I realized that the compassionate thing to do was to join his reality.
Karen Stobbe calls this "Yes, and". She offers creative ideas on her website, In the Moment. It's the only moment there is for people with dementia. In fact, it's really the only moment that any of us have.
James Vanden Bosch created a resource list with wonderful suggestions for some of the best videos, documentaries, books, and websites I've seen and learned from. I think most of these would be on my list of what I think it most important to know when Caring with Persons Who Are Living with Dementia.
This looks like it will be a wonderful conference. Wish I could go, but maybe you could and let us know what you learned.
The Arts as Inspiration for Learning * Teaching * Making * Living
October 31-November 2 Barbara C. Harris Center in Greenfield, NH
Early-bird pricing in effect through September 15 Full conference, commuter & day rates are available. CEUs are offered. Graduate credit may be available from Plymouth State University. Contact Dr. Trish Lindberg for details.
Tuesday, October 7 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. JF&CS Headquarters 1430 Main Street, Waltham, Massachusetts
Lunch will be served.
The training is free to people caring for their loved ones at home. Seating is limited.
Please RSVP to email@example.com or 781-305-7107.
Hearthstone Alzheimer Care is offering a free training using its award-winning I'm Still Here™ approach at JF&CS Headquarters. Participants in this training session will learn valuable strategies for:
Reducing repetitive question asking Reducing resistance to bathing Dining out with your loved one Successful communication techniques Making your home "dementia friendly" Activities you can do with your loved one Maintaining relationships with family members and friends Creating memory cues that can help maintain independence
Joan Green's improvisational dance class begins tomorrow evening.
Where: Massasoit Elks Lodge, 55 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge MA 02139 When: Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm September 10, 17, (no class 24 Rosh Hashonnah) October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, (no class 26 night before Thanksgiving), December 3, 10. Fee: 12 classes - $264 6 classes - $132 If you choose the 6 class option, you may add more at $25 per class.
Focus this semester will be on devising simple structures that work well in improvised performance.
Info: firstname.lastname@example.org Joan Green is a dancer, choreographer and visual artist who currently directs Back Pocket Dancers, an inter-generational dance company performing at schools and elder venues. She has taught an on-going workshop in dance improvisation since 1992 called Dancing Outside the Lines. Joan's priorities in teaching dance are deepening connection with self, expanding creative responses to stimuli, building skills in group dance and creating community. Joan enjoys challenging the stereotypical notion of what kinds of dance are appropriate for elders, and expanding the horizons of her students in both music and dance.
The Octaband™ is a fun, interactive tool which promotes individuality and group cohesion through movement for people of all ages and abilities. As a dance/movement therapist, Donna Newman-Bluestein was motivated to design the Octaband to stimulate movement in the elderly with dementia. The stretchy material, bright colors, and innovative design stimulate self-expression, spontaneity, and awareness of others. The center circle provides a strong visual focus, and the 5 1/2" hem at the end of each arm allows those with limited grasping ability to participate. Go to www.octaband.com to learn more.