Dancing With Dementia

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK

ABOUT THE PROJECT

In May of 2010, 5Rhythms teacher Peter Fodera began working with a newly launched Alzheimer's program at the Stein Senior Center in New York City and developed a weekly 5Rhythms class for those living with Alzheimer's and other dementia related conditions. The class, currently led by 5R teachers Jason Goodman and Karen Ritscher, is now in its 6th year, and amazingly enough, many of the original dancers are still with us and going strong!

A social group, they love to laugh and are very supportive of each other. They range in age from 69-96 and for the most part are mobile. They love to partner and a few of them need assistance to get up from their chairs. A few use walkers but are able to participate without them. Usually we move in chairs for at least one part of the class depending how they are feeling. We imagine the chair as an extension of our spine, a third leg or tail, and this allows them to feel secure and grounded. We usually start with body parts in a seated position, and very often, by the time we reach lyrical and stillness, they need to sit again.

The class itself is a closed group -- if you or someone you know is suffering from Dementia and you'd like to discuss participating, please contact us.

We do welcome interested guests to come and dance with us! Class is free, but we ask that you send us an email letting us know when you'd like to join us!

 

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LOCATION

204 E 23rd St
New York, New York
United States

Fridays from 1:00 pm - 2:30pm

The class itself is a closed group -- if you or someone you know is suffering from Dementia and you'd like to discuss participating, please contact us.

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