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ERIC Number: ED315812
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-20
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Dance and the Aging--Beyond the Porch, Beneath the Lights: Outlets for Self-Expression in the Aging.
Talty, Joan K.
Dancing is not only a means to insure the activity and involvement of growing numbers of seniors, it is also a viable choice for the stimulation of health, self-worth, belonging, and joy in aging. Two successful programs in southeastern Connecticut and one in Washington, D.C. illustrate the effectiveness of dancing for the aging. Each program is carefully designed for a specific group of elderly people: program is more mobile and internally reflective; another is less mobile and more socially purposive; while the third stresses the benefit of intergenerational dancing and includes a mix of younger and older dancers. The "Vintage Life" dance program developed in Iowa represents physically well, mobile elderly people interested in broadening social and physical horizons. Classes meet 1 hour weekly and vary in size up to 20 students. Warm-up sessions consist of chair exercises followed by standing stretches; activity sessions consist of rhythm exercises, movement across the floor with basic ballroom steps, repetition of dances already learned, and work on new dances. The cool-down period consists of seated stretches and a discussion of the day's accomplishments. Classes are characterized by warmth, enthusiasm, mutual sharing, and learning. (An appendix contains detailed guides for activities, records, manuals, a dance class survey, a consent form, and a Health Risk Analysis form.) (KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa