Multi-sensory fitness for body and brain
Movement.Music & Memories is a one hour, seated, multi-sensory program of focused movement to music, interactive cognitive stimulation, singing and fun for people living with dementia
Designed for small groups
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
Includes elements of low impact large muscle cardio, QiGong, Eccentric stretching & strengthening techniques. All driven by the musical preferences of the attendees.
We encourage singing while moving to optimize the benefit to our body and brain!
All programs are tailored to the abilities and preferences of the group or individual participants
The goal is to provide enjoyment while sharing the benefits of multi-sensory, music driven movement to stimulate the body and brain, improve overall physical and cognitive fitness, increase opportunities for success & connection to sense of self....All while having FUN!
All fitness programs follow safety guidelines as outlined by National Institutes on Aging, American Senior Fitness Association, Arthritis Foundation & American Heart Association
(Must be functionally independent or attend with a Care Partner)
Small Groups of up to 10 participants based on abilities/level of function
Coming Soon - VIRTUAL AT HOME OPTION
It's all in the Details!
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.