Many of us know someone living with or effected by dementia. From our experience we know that people love to dance and celebrate life. Dance can help us re-connect with each other even when things are getting a bit overwhelming.
'The social element of the dance performance was just fantastic, it carries over into how people feel for the rest of the day, it lifts people’s mood.' Anna Chadwick Lead Admiral Nurse
'I really enjoyed the gentle exercises, moving muscles, just doing a little bit, getting your shoulders moving. You’re sitting or in bed a lot usually. I think the breathing exercises are very good at helping you relax.' Participant, Mid Cheshire Hospitals Foundation Trust Leighton Hospital
In THIS Moment has been developed by Cheshire Dance. We are a registered charity and have been loving dancing with people of all ages and abilities from more than 40 years. We work with dance artists who have dedicated themselves and their careers to facilitating accessible, sociable and creative dance in all its glorious forms.
'Working with staff and an artist enabled closer relationships between staff and patients – a partnership approach to care. It clearly demonstrates the need and value of the arts to assist in health and wellbeing.'
Artistic and Quality Assessment for Arts Council England. Dr. Ranjit Khutan
In THIS Moment, a frailty and dementia inclusive dance programme is well established in Crewe and can take place in the home, in community spaces, in care homes and in hospital and other healthcare settings. It is supported by Cheshire East Council Culture and Public Health teams,
'Smiles are good indicators of achievement and happiness and during the dance sessions these are shared across the family, it is lovely to see – clearly the dance makes a positive welcome difference to their lives.'
Deb Lindop Communities Development Officer Cheshire East Council
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust staff, patients and volunteers and by a number of care home and community organisations. With your support we can make In THIS Moment accessible in other local areas too.
- There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. 225,000 will develop dementia this year, that's one every three minutes. 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia.' – Alzheimers Society
The UK population is ageing. By 2040, nearly one in seven people is projected to be aged 75 or over'. – National office for statistics
According to research, studies indicate that regular dancing once or twice a week lowers the risk of cognitive decline. A robust 21-year study amongst older people, undertaken by Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECM) in New York City showed that ‘Of any activity that you do, regular dancing was found to offer the most protection against dementia, offering a 76% risk reduction.
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