Research proves that Alzheimer’s takes a psychological and physical toll on both patient and caregivers. Being mindful helps individuals to focus on the present moment, present movement, and the present thought. Ballet Spartanburg's Mindful Movement class is support movement class to support the emotional, cognitive and physical health of individuals with early-stage dementia and Alzheimer's.
With mindful movement, we offer a connection for individuals and their caretakers in a pleasant and social environment in our ballet studios. The curriculum our teachers use is designed to help individuals feel warm and invited when they first enter the studios. Through simple movements accompanied by live music, short term memory is enhanced through the execution of short patterns which utilizes arms, legs and torso.
Ballet Spartanburg is excited to work in partnership with the SC Alzheimer’s Association and the JM Smith Foundation for sound research in practice and method for early engagement movement classes and to offer this class free of charge to any individual with early dementia and Alzheimer’s. “It is important to know your community and its needs. This is the first outreach class of its design for those who can benefit from positive engagement with others and caregivers who share a common challenge- dementia and Alzheimer’s. Our teachers Elaine Lang, and Carlos Agudelo, have collaboratively designed a program which allows positive emotional connections and reducesses stress for individuals in a welcoming and inspiring environment. We offer a place of acceptance and care while moving and working to retain memory.”
This class meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10 MA in Studio 3 in the Ballet Spartanburg Studios. We are very grateful to JM Smith Foundation for the partnership for a year to provide this Mindful Movement class free of charge to individuals.
If you need additional information about this class, contact Carlos Agudelo at firstname.lastname@example.org