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Mindful Movement Class- FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH EARLY ALZHEIMER'S AND DEMENTIA

September 5, 2018 - June 26, 2019

Calendar: Class
Categories: Dance
Age Groups: All

MINDFUL MOVEMENT

FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH EARLY ALZHEIMER'S AND DEMENTIA 

 

Research proves that Alzheimer’s takes a psychological and physical toll on both patient and caregivers. Being mindful helps individuals to focus on the present moment, present movement, and the present thought. Ballet Spartanburg's Mindful Movement class is a support movement class to help the emotional health of individuals with early-stage dementia and Alzheimer's and their caregivers.

With mindful movement we offer a connection for individuals and their caretakers in a pleasant and social environment in our ballet studios. The curriculum our teachers are using are designed to help individuals feel warm and invited when they first enter the studios. Through simple movements with live music by a piano accompanist, short term memory is enhanced through the execution of short patterns which utilizes arms, legs and torso.

Ballet Spartanburg is excited to work in partnership with the SC Alzheimer’s Association for sound research in practice and method for early engagement movement classes and JM Smith Foundation as a partner to sponsor classes free of charge to any individual with early dementia and Alzheimer’s. “It is important to know your community and its needs. This is the first outreach class of its design for those who can benefit from positive engagement with others and caregivers who share a common challenge- dementia and Alzheimer’s. Our teachers Elaine Lange, and Carlos Agudelo, have collaboratively designed a program which allows positive emotional connections and reducesses stress for individuals in a welcoming and inspiring environment. We offer a place of acceptance and care while moving and working to retain memory.”

This class will meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10 am in Studio 3 in the Ballet Spartanburg Studios. We are very grateful to JM Smith Foundation for the partnership for a year to provide this Mindful Movement class free of charge to individuals.

If you need additional information about this class, contact Carlos Agudelo at cagudelo@spartanarts.org

Visit https://www.balletspartanburg.org/mindful-movement

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