Music, movement and touch are the founding principles behind Rhythm Break Cares’ (RBC) Dance for Dementia programs. We have utilized the power of dance to improve the quality of life for early and middle stage Alzheimer’s communities and those affected by dementia. RBC combines the skill of partnering and fundamental musical movement, the artistry of any professional ballroom dancer, with Alzheimer’s Association certified knowledge to create a thoughtful and effective program, which emphasizes the regenerative power of dance.
Our staff of professional dance instructors are trained to interact with those afflicted with dementia and Alzheimer’s and at any stage of diminished cognitive capacity. Activities include visual stimulation, sing-a-long, clapping and dance therapy, which focuses on wide range of physical motion, many of which can be done in a sitting position, to encourage maximum participation. Various aspects of a dance session, such as the music, exercise, and social components of dancing, may achieve positive effects. However, vastly varying methods between most studies mean that they fail to agree the most important component. Although a Cochrane review shows that music therapy offers no definite benefits, subsequent research indicates that music can improve autobiographical memory and reduce agitation, anxiety, delusions, and other behavioral symptoms in dementia of any severity.