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Saturday, November 7 • 9:30am - 12:30pm
Engage & Inspire People with Dementia through Dance and Expressive Movement

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ROOM 802

Despite their often inert or lethargic state (especially in institutions), people with significant dementia can be quite capable of moving energetically. However, lacking the ability to initiate, they become dependent on caregivers to provide sufficient sensory stimulation, and end up moving very little. This 3-hour workshop will present ways to structure dance and expressive movement groups to meet the needs and abilities of individuals with dementia. Based on the teachings of dance therapy pioneer, Norma Canner, this workshop will demonstrate techniques that focus on building strengths and elicit self-expression, liveliness, increased socialization, and self-esteem. Participants will learn how to create a safe, compassionate, playful, and therapeutic space for everyone to get moving and have lots of fun.

Eligible for 3.0 Credits: ATCB, NBCC; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS


Donna Newman-Bluestein, MEd, BC-DMT, CMA, LMHC

| | Donna Newman-Bluestein, MEd, BC-DMT, CMA, LMHC, is a dancer, dance/movement therapist, educator, trainer, international presenter, and originator of the Octaband, a sensory prop to stimulate connection through movement. Since 1978 she has worked with people of all ages with mental illness, chronic pain, coronary artery disease, and dementia to improve health and wellness. Donna is a senior lecturer for Lesley University and... Read More →

Saturday November 7, 2015 9:30am - 12:30pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway (enter on 48th Street)