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Dance for joy: Redwood City seniors with dementia care needs can have fun!

Dancing is both art and exercise…an expression of feeling and a way to burn calories. It’s no wonder that dance makes a perfect activity for Redwood City seniors wanting to socialize and improve / maintain their mobility. Did you know that dancing can also help seniors with dementia?1 Yes, seniors and their dementia care providers should seriously consider dancing as a regular part of a weekly routine.

Encouraging mobility and memory in Redwood City seniors receiving dementia care through dance

Dance for joy: Redwood City seniors with dementia care needs can have fun!

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If you and your senior receiving dementia care still have doubts about dancing, check out the list below!

  • Dancing is a great form of exercise! There are so many types of dance that even seniors who can’t do complicated tango steps can still get in on the fun. Redwood City seniors who don’t have a partner will enjoy line dancing. Even seniors in wheelchairs can dance…did you know that wheelchair ballroom dancing is a thing?!2
  • Dancing is a way to connect with the past through favorite songs and special memories of dancing with a loved one. Many dances hearken back to specific eras in the past and would be perfect for seniors receiving dementia care. Some examples include the Jitterbug, Lindy Hop and the Hand Jive to name a few.3
  • As we’ve mentioned, dancing is also a beautiful form of artistry. For seniors needing dementia care and dealing with the pain / confusion of memory loss, dance just might be the outlet needed for expressing inner thoughts when words can’t be found.
  • Dancing is a way to connect with other people. Even attending a dance and sitting on the sidelines can be fun for Redwood City seniors who want to socialize and enjoy yummy snacks. The infectious fun and lighthearted atmosphere will do wonders for your senior. NuevaCare’s Redwood City dementia care team offers transportation assistance and can make sure that your special Mom and / or Dad get to the dance hall safely and on time for the festivities!

Sources: http://nuevacare.com/elderly-care-in-san-mateo-ca/, https://www.rd.com/true-stories/inspiring/nursing-home-dance/, https://www.ericksonliving.com/articles/2014/06/benefits-dance-senior-citizens, https://www.yourcareeverywhere.com/life-stages/healthy-aging/health-benefits-of-dancing-for-seniors.html, https://www.sunriseseniorliving.com/blog/june-2014/dancing-may-be-key-for-senior-health.aspx, https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170825124902.htm, https://dance.lovetoknow.com/Tango_Dance_Steps, https://countrylinedancingmusic.com/line-dancing-seniors/, (1) https://www.senioradvisor.com/blog/2017/04/dancing-as-dementia-therapy/, (2) https://dancewithmeusa.com/wheelchair-dancing-saved-my-life/, (3) http://www.everythingzoomer.com/lifestyle/spirit/nostalgia/2015/08/29/9-dance-crazes-through-the-decades/

Dance for joy: Redwood City seniors with dementia care needs can have fun!
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