Exhibiting Octaband April 20-22, 2013 Presenting Enlivening People with Dementia through Dance/Expressive Movement, April 21, 2013
NYSTRA's 18th Annual Conference
"Rediscovering our Roots as we Reach for New Heights"
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
Having worked with elders with dementia over the past 30 years, I know the effectiveness of dance. I walk into a room where each person is in her own world, not communicating. I put on music and dance or move rhythmically with people, and suddenly they are attentive, engaged, smiling and communicating for at least parts of the hour group I lead. As I end the group and begin gathering up my things, even with music still on and before I walk out the door, they are lost in their own worlds once again. Dance always happens in the present, and people with dementia need to be in the present. In the "Alzheimer's Daily News" in January, Richard Taylor, who himself has Alzheimer's Disease, talked about the need for people to be with people with dementia in present-centered ways.
You can find more information about dance/movement therapy with Alzheimer's put out by the American Dance Therapy Association here.
Ilene Serlin has been invited to join the Editorial Board of The Humanistic Psychologist, a peer-reviewed journal for the Division of Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Many thanks to Ilene and her high degree of professionalism. She illuminates the world about the profession of dance/movement therapy through her writings and workshop presentations.
Grace Ho took the Laban module program at LIMS (Laban Institute for Movement Studies) in January. She brought the eight arm OctabandTM to class, and they used it to play with
and explore the spatial pull or spatial tension in the A & B scales. Grace said, "we did have a lot of fun with
that!" Thanks to photographer and dance/movement therapist Grace, and Dale Andree and Susan Boon Scarth, pictured.
Using the OctabandTM on both arms and legs, there's a whole lot of movement going on.
Thanks for letting us share these, Grace, Dale and Susan.
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.