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By Susanne Liebich (photo at right)
Editor's Note: This program is an excellent example of what we believe here at CCHC: that our clients are first and foremost people with challenges, not full-time patients. The difference living this point of view is profound, as this article makes abundantly clear.
The healing power of dance… I stand here to vouch for its validity. And in particular, I want to tell you about a technique called Dance for Parkinson’s Disease developed by Mark Morris Dance Group in 2001. This technique is not about therapy, yet it is therapeutic. It is not about exercise, yet for most, it is a wonderful workout using the whole body in different ways. Dance for Parkinson’s Disease is a pedagogy that integrates ballet with imagery, balance, mobility exercises, expression and enjoyment of the art dance. It’s about creating something aesthetically beautiful and creative with the body. It’s about appreciating dance for dance’s sake in a group setting and to explore the range of physical and creative possibilities that are still very much open to individuals with Parkinson’s.
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I've been absolutely fascinated for years by the highly positive findings around exposing dementia patients to art, both as an observer and as a participant. How amazing that exposure to great and moving art can significantly improve patients' functioning!
ARTZ offers free, local museum tours designed for Alzheimers/dementia patients. This is the type of activity our caregivers can take clients to, as well as families can explore with their loved ones: http://www.artistsforalzheimers.org/tourschedule.html
Our custom app tracks iPhone/Android-toting seniors at risk of getting lost. Call for details!
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