Caregivers and Dancers Alike! Come Dance for Dementia on May 18

You might be wondering, What does she mean when she says “caregivers and dancers alike”?

But I make that comparison with a sincere heart. You see, caregivers and dancers have something in common.

They are both brave. They both put themselves out there to do something not many people do. And they both learn to improvise with grace.

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And so, if you are a caregiver, a person with dementia, or someone who likes to dance – or if you’re a family member, friend, or someone who wants to make life better for people with dementia – you might want to check out this innovative social event and fundraiser.

The second annual Dance for Dementia, coordinated by North Shore Dance Therapy in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association and Radford Green at Sedgebrook, strives to connect individuals and families dealing with dementia through movement and music while also raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Association’s programs and services.

No worries, you won’t have to conjure up an interpretive dance at this shindig or even demonstrate your line dancing skills. However, you’re certainly encouraged to dance if you’d like to! This year, the event will include live music, free food, prizes, a resource fair, performances, and dance showcases.

Registration is recommended. Here are the details of this creative event:

What: Dance for Dementia

When: Sunday, May 18, 2014

Time: 2 PM – 5 PM

Where: Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202

Cost: Admission is a suggested $15 donation

Registration: Call North Shore Dance Therapy at 847-848-0697 to register

All of the proceeds of this event will go to the Alzheimer’s Association – a fantastic organization that knows a bit about the benefits of social activities such as dance for individuals with dementia. Personally, I’ve seen magic occur when music starts playing and a person with dementia begins to move to it without hesitation. In these moments, I believe that those with dementia truly feel like themselves, the way they’ve always been. It brings joy to those around them, as well.

So give Dance for Dementia a chance. It’s for a great cause. Plus, you might discover a common bond between you and your loved one that you can draw upon for strength and continuity in the days to come.

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