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Music driven fitness for body, mind & soul

The goal for all of our fitness programs is to enjoy and share the benefits of multi-sensory, music driven movement to stimulate the mind, body & soul; improve overall physical and cognitive fitness, increase opportunities for success & connection to sense of self....All while having FUN!

EXCITING Study Results shows PROMISING RESULTS for moderate exercise paired with social connection stabilizing cognitive decline in those with Mild Cognitive Impairment!

 

 

  • One hour, seated group Movement Music & Memory is a      multi- sensory program of focused movement to music, interactive cognitive stimulation and fun for those with middle to later stages of dementia

  • Use of themed music, multi-sensory activities, singing, reminiscing & games to spark connection

  • Carefully designed, safe movements to improve physical fitness by focusing on increasing circulation, range of motion, flexibility and muscle tone

  • Strict attention to detail, based on internationally recognized Best Practices in dementia care and support

  • All programs are tailored to the abilities and preferences of the group or individual participants

Option 1 - FACILITY BASED
Mid-Late stage Dementia
Assisted Living, Day Centers, Memory Care 

If you are an Activity Director and would welcome a Free Trial Class for your residents please contact me at fran@dementialivingsolutions.com!

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Option 2 -COMMUNITY BASED

MCI, Early - Mid stage dementia
(Must be functionally independent and attend with a Care Partner)

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Low impact, Small, Indoor Group -  Music Driven WALKing based fitness program

OPTION 2 combines elements of our facility based Movement Music and Memories programs with steps from Leslie Sansone's, WalkatHome program.  Elements of QiGong and Essentric stretching & strengthening rounds out the hour-long class.    All driven by familiar music from the 50s, 60s and 70s.  We encourage singing while moving to optimize the benefit to our body and brain!

This Easy to Follow program is offered with special consideration for the challenges individuals may face when living with the early symptoms of memory loss or dementia but otherwise functioning independently.

    In a safe, welcoming environment! 

JOIN OUR MAILING LIST FOR UPDATES ON CLASS LOCATIONS

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"The strongest data are for aerobic exercise. In all but the late stages of Alzheimer's, virtually all studies of aerobic  exercise show a slowing of progression of Alzheimer's by up to 50%""

Daniel Gibbs MD, PhD Neurologist

Option 3 - HOME BASED 1:1 visits

Movement & Enrichment Programs

Mid to late stage dementia

PERSONALIZED in home program of movement, cognitive enrichment, reminiscence and use of personal preference music.

All based on level of decline, needs, preferences & abilities 

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All fitness programs follow safety guidelines as outlined by National Institutes on Aging, American Senior Fitness Association, Arthritis Foundation & American Heart Association 

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Virtual Option COMING in 2023 
             using the patented Sociavi secure network platform
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Singing familiar songs while also focusing on movement is literally brain exercise for all of us.  In addition to the connection to memories that brings, the deep breathing that naturally occurs increases intake of oxygen, improves ability to focus, sparks enjoyment and for those living with dementia it almost ensures continued engagement and participation! 

 

However, not just any music is suitable. Movement Music & Memories sessions use music from participants' Life Story and matches type of movement with tempo and beat to keep the pace. As the leader, wearing bright colors like red or orange on arms, hands and legs and using exaggerated movements as cues with eye contact and few words helps the person with dementia mirror and find success...... even in those with advanced dementia.

Colorful props like sensory balls, scarfs, manipulatives and even incorporating a safe essential oil like orange, lemon or rosemary can enhance the benefits of the session.

There is a growing body of evidence that music-cued exercises can improve some motor and non-motor impairments associated with dementia, including mobility and cognition. The most effective music appeared to have a clear rhythmical beat to which exercises could be synchronized. Music that people enjoyed was also important to overcome the lack of motivation and increase levels of participation.

https://www.ijphy.org/index.php/journal/article/view/347

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Thanks for your Interest!!