"Engaging in activities involving the arts can override the symptoms of dementia and the stigma of the word. They help to restore confidence and a sense of purpose and fulfillment.... Imagination and emotion are qualities that oddly remain undamaged for years after diagnosis of Alzheimer's." Sir Richard Eyre, director of the film Iris speaks on Arts 4 Dementia.
I have just discovered the beautiful dance/movement therapy and Reiki work of Natasha Goldstein with older adults and people with dementia in the Philadelphia area.
Jenna Weiss is also a dance/movement therapist, Director of Humanities with the Alzheimers Resource Center of Connecticut. "The Alzheimer's Resource Center has been involved in challenging the systems of what keeps us from truly connecting with each other- including those with dementia- as their mission."
The Alzheimer's Resource Center is a lead support sponsor for Bill Thomas's Second Wind Tour in Hartford for June. June 4 the tour will be in Boston.
If you missed it, here's my ADTA Talk about the importance of dance and embodied caregiving for people with dementia.
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