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Some Dance to Remember

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This report outlines the findings of an inclusive dance research project using adaptive Irish Céilí dance and traditional Irish music for people living with dementia and their professional carers.

The dance sessions took place in a dementia care day programme in the greater Midwest region of Ireland from October 2019 to February 2020. A key finding was dance participants living with dementia displayed an enhanced ability to reminisce before, during and after each dance activity. In some cases, the reminiscence process gave care staff access to new knowledge about the person with dementia and informed life-story work and person-centred care plans at the Centre.

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Image: Adapted Céilí Dance for English language students at Limerick International Study Centre; on right is Principal/Director of Munster Academy of Dance Carmel McKenna. Photo credit: Carmel McKenna.


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