Dementia and dance

Dementia is a progressive disease caused by abnormal changes in the brain that leads to a decline in cognitive function. It can affect a person’s ability to perform daily tasks and activities – potentially even affecting their safety. Although there is currently no cure for dementia, specialist care can provide the additional support necessary to enjoy life to its fullest. Dance is proven to make a positive difference in the lives of those with dementia. Read on to discover how dementia care in Chadwell Heath, Romford can benefit you or your loved one through the power of dance. 

Understanding dementia 

Dementia progressively affects a person’s ability to think clearly, remember, reason, communicate and problem-solve. Although it usually affects people over the age of 65, it is not considered a normal part of ageing. A person living with dementia may get lost in familiar neighbourhoods, forget the names of their family or friends, miss appointments and regularly lose their belongings. All of these things can interfere with daily life and impede a person’s independence. Furthermore, a person diagnosed with dementia may experience abrupt mood changes or exhibit aggressive behaviour. 

The effects of music and dance

Although people with dementia are often stereotyped as passive and inactive, this is not necessarily true. Research shows that when exposed to music and dance, those with dementia experience an improved quality of life. Regardless of physical limitations, those with dementia can show enthusiasm and appreciation for music through movement. The positive effects of music and dance include social interaction, mood moderation and memory stimulation. 

Dancing to make a difference 

So, how does dancing bring about such positive effects? To start with, dancing helps reduce anxiety and agitation. It removes the pressure of trying to remember words. Rather, people with dementia can simply listen to and enjoy the music. 

Dancing also presents the opportunity for those with dementia to express themselves in new and creative ways. The use of props is a great way for residents with dementia to connect with others, even with limited mobility. This can be anything from tossing a balloon or playing with a foam noodle, so it is accessible for everyone.

It’s no secret that dancing and music is often related to memories. When residents hear their favourite song, they may be taken back to a time or place that has special meaning to them. This can spark conversation and create more social interaction. 

In addition, the opportunities for physical movement that dancing provides can not only loosen up the body but can also stimulate the senses, helping to regulate mood and spark joy in daily life.

Last but not least, danRowallan House l Dementia and dancecing helps residents engage and reconnect with their bodies. Whether they tap their feet, clap their hands or simply nod their head to the beat, there is fun to be found in emotional expression through movement. Best of all, we encourage visiting family and friends to join in so that everyone can have fun and feel the joy together. 

Get in touch 

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you or a loved one could benefit from dementia care here at Rowallan House. You can contact us here or call us on 0800 999 8499. Our friendly staff would be happy to provide more information or answer any of your questions.