That music benefits our elders with dementia is well documented by fantastic programmes such as 'Music and Memory'. ‘Dance to Remember’ offers additional benefits by getting participants to dance and socialise at the same time, a kind of 'Dance and Memory' programme.
Sitdance selects popular songs, makes meaningful choreography that express the lyrics, and films video tutorials on relevant locations. This integrated approach provides auditory, visual, and physical stimulation that moves body and soul.
Meaningful movements engage cellular or muscle memory reducing the reliance on brain memory. This enables elders with dementia to engage. The especially composed music functions as a non-verbal memory support.
‘Dance to Remember’ is a course consisting of multiple sessions that build skills and confidence with time. The thorough pedagogical approach enables participant to learn. People with dementia do still learn!