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Dance to Health | 2018-2019

Yorkshire Dance was the regional partner of arts charity and social enterprise, Aesop, for this falls-prevention programme.

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About Dance to Health | 2018-2019

This extension of our falls-prevention work demonstrates a significant investment in employment and skills for artists and connection with older adults.

Aesop has engaged Yorkshire Dance to work with Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Groups and Royal British Legion Care Home Lister House to deliver activity for older adults in danger of falling in Sheffield and Ripon.

Falls represent the most frequent and serious type of accident in people aged 65 and over.

10 % of ambulance calls are due to older people’s falls. After a fall, an older person is 50% likely to have seriously impaired mobility and 10% will die within a year. Falls destroy confidence, increase isolation, reduce independence, and cost the NHS £2.3 billion per year.

Established dance practitioners will receive specialist training in two evidence-based physiotherapy exercises – greatly developing and diversifying their skills – which they will integrate into creative dance programmes, starting in January 2018.

A number of other Dance to Health programmes will simultaneously take place across England and Wales, Aesop’s other dance partners are Cheshire Dance, National Dance Company Wales, South East Dance, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Dance East.


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