Recall old steps from memory, choose to create new ones, no matter, there is no wrong way, only your way. Designed to engage people living with dementia, these dance events are a great success, lots of fun, exercise and joyful expression through movement. We have seen some inspiring results both in increased sociability, sustained friendships, moments of fun and truly inspiring creativity, and exciting, heart warming improvements in cognitive function. This is most obvious in the domains of communication, increased ability to focus, pay attention, concentrate and stay in the moment, orientation to time place and person and a very rewarding decrease in periods of anxiety. For me, possibly the best of all, is the strength of the friendships developed and the wonderful way participants support each other through down times and boost each other ‘s self esteem as they achieve milestones together.
Funded by AA(QLD), coordinated by Beverley Giles and supported by volunteers, Robyn Holdway and Sue Mackley, Come Dance with Me is joyfully led by Dancer Nicoletta Panebianco. The class is on every Tuesday Morning (with a one week break between each series) at the Metropolitan Hub, 22 Qualtrough Street, Wooloongabba at 10 am to 12. pm. To register, contact Alzheimer’s Australia Qld on the Helpline at 1800 100 500
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