Older people up and down the country have started dancing to health in a new initiative launched by Aesop, a social enterprise and charity. The aim is to develop arts solutions based on social needs and show health, care and other sectors how the arts can help.
The initiative Dance to Health is a fall prevention dance programme currently available in six locations across the UK. Led by professional dance artists who are fully qualified, the sessions combine evidence-based physiotherapy with the creativity and energy of dance. They’re inclusive for everyone, even those who struggle with low mobility and may rely on straight stairlifts for the home.
Falls are a massive concern for older people, as not only can they be damaging to physical health, but they can also negatively affect an older person’s confidence, making them more likely to increase their isolation. The Manchester Evening News also reports that falls are costing the NHS £2.3 billion a year.
Reverend Murray George, who facilitates the latest session in Cheshire, at the Congleton Reform Church, comments to the Manchester Evening News: “It is a fantastic programme. No dance experience is necessary and even if you require walking aids you can take part.
“I have been along to watch and - as well as the health benefits - it is just great to see how it makes these older people feel young again. It certainly gives them the confidence to live the life they want and deserve.
“It helps through dance and movement and helps maintain fitness and balance, and obviously aims to prevent falls. When you age you lose muscle mass. And if you sit around for long periods of time - which older people do - it accelerates that loss. But dance is about moving and using the muscles and increasing muscle memory. It is also about building awareness and good habits. The scheme is not only preventative it also helps those who have had falls or accidents and are in recovery. This is a great way to help their rehabilitation.”
Rev Murray George also mentions about the social benefits of these dance classes. With loneliness being an issue in older people, it’s a fantastic way for them to get out of the house to socialise and meet new people.
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