“Suddenly all the steps come back”

“They hear a few notes and suddenly all the steps come back to them. And they’re back there. It triggers really good memories, it improves overall well-being, and it reduces a lot of anxiety and agitation for people living with dementia. It’s also open for family carers, and the enjoyment they get from it as well is so rewarding.”

On his regular Thursday Good Morning on 7th Feb 2019, John Whittle welcomes into the studio Ann Bellamy of Community Action on Dementia. She’s the coordinator of the Dance Memory Club for people living with dementia and their families and carers.

She talks about why music and dance can allow people with dementia to access memories and express themselves, and the amazing benefits the dancing group can have – including for family carers, for whom isolation can be a major problem.

The Dance Memory Club runs at the Cúram Centre, Tuesdays from 2.30 – 4 pm.

To find out more, contact Ann Bellamy on 086 145 1335.

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