Dance and Movement Sessions for Older People: A Handbook for Activity Coordinators and Carers

Dance and Movement Sessions for Older People: A Handbook for Activity Coordinators and Carers

by Delia Silvester, Susan Frampton

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This practical handbook will empower activity coordinators and carers to run safe, rewarding and health-giving dance and movement sessions with older people, including with those who are frail, who have limited mobility or who are living with dementia.

The authors describe the many benefits of dance and movement for older people, and address important practical considerations such as carrying out risk assessments, safety issues, adaptations for specific health conditions and disabilities and how to select appropriate props and music. Step-by-step instructions for 20 dances and movements drawn from a wide range of eras, cultures and traditions are then provided. Ranging from Can Can and Charleston to hand jive, morris dancing, sea shanties and traditional hymns with movements, there is something to suit every mood and occasion.

This is an essential resource for activity coordinators and carers working with older people in care homes and day centres.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857008466
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 12/21/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
File size: 983 KB

About the Author

Delia Silvester first trained as a ballet dancer and then as a PE instructor. She worked for the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) and the British Nursing Association, and over a period of twelve years, through outreach work in care homes, developed a series of movements-to-music and dances specifically designed to address the mobility and memory limitations of older people. Delia ran workshops for activities organisers on behalf of the National Association of Providers of Activities for Older People (NAPA) in south-west England. In 2004, she founded Dance Doctors, a dance company that performed in care settings, teaching both residents and staff. Susan Frampton has worked in the magazine and book publishing industries for over thirty years as a publisher and editor.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I: The Benefits. 1. Why Movement is Important for Older People. 2. Moving in Old Age: How It Helps. Part II: The Dance Session. 3. Preparing Yourself. 4. Preparing Your Venue. 5. Thinking About Equipment. 6. Preparing For Your Participants. 7. Planning and Running a Session. 8. Choosing and Using Music. 9. Choosing Dances. 10. A Note About Wheelchair Dancing. Part III: The Dances. 11. Warm-Up. 12. My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean (bath-time). 13. Dashing away with the Smoothing Iron (laundry). 14. Greek Greeting Dance. 15. Create Your Own Circle Dance. 16. Morris Dance with Sticks. 17. Morris Dance with Hankies. 18. Oats and Beans and Barley Grow. 19. Amazing Grace. 20. Step Softly on the Earth. 21. Morning Has Broken. 22. Can Can. 23. Charleston. 24. Pearly Shells (Hawaiian). 25. Oriental Eye Movements. 26. Haul Away Joe. 27. Shenandoah. 28. What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor? 29. Hand Jive. 30. Line Dancing. 31. The Waltz. 32. Free/Creative Dance. About the Author. Appendix I: Calendar for Themed Sessions. Appendix II: Organisations. Bibliography. Index.

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