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Dancing & Dementia (Podcasts)

Introducing Yorkshire Dance Presents - a podcast channel that explores this platform to celebrate, disseminate and share dance in all its forms.

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About Dancing & Dementia (Podcasts)

We are pleased to share these podcasts that reflect and discuss our 3 year care home project ‘In Mature Company’, which explores the impact of dance and music in reducing the loneliness and isolation of residents living with dementia. The project specifically looks at the impact of touch and how creative sessions can promote a sense of community and wellbeing.

The use of Dementia Care Mapping (TM) as an evaluation tool for an arts intervention is ground-breaking and gives a unique insight into the levels of participation and enjoyment. In these podcasts Lauren and Lily (our Dementia Care Mappers) interview a series of people that have been instrumental in bringing the project to life and how this work has effected them as artists, professionals and people. The team talk about their experiences, thoughts and hopes for the future.

Our podcasts are now available for download on all major streaming services (including Spotify, iTunes).

Episode Five: Project Reflections and What’s Next?

In this bonus episode, we want to reflect on Yorkshire Dance’s “In Mature Company” project so far and discuss why Dementia Care Mapping is a good tool for evaluating people living with Dementia. We also want to address the current pandemic’s impact on this type of work and look ahead to the future of this project or a similar arts project. This episode was co-hosted by Lisa Fearn, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer from our funder, Time to Shine.

Episode Four: An exchange with Care Staff and Family

In this episode, we speak to the Wellbeing Development Manager at Springfield Health Care and Andrew, a relative of a resident. We talk about their relationship with In Mature Company Project from both perspectives. All episodes were recorded live from our homes. Download and listen to episode four now.

Episode Three: A Closer Look at Dementia Care Mapping

This episode we delve into the research tool of Dementia Care Mapping with expert and mentor Lisa Heller. We discuss previous Yorkshire Dance care home project We Danced and our current care home project In Mature Company. All episodes were recorded live from our homes. Download and listen to episode three now.

Episode Two: Dancing the Small Moments- An Artist’s Insight

This episode we are joined by the wonderful dancers and musicians who deliver the creative work in care homes. Join us as we speak to the artist’s about their different approaches, modes of practices and highlights of delivering creative sessions for people living with Dementia. All episodes were recorded live from our homes. Download and listen to episode two now!

Episode One: In Mature Company: A Care Home Project

Hosted by Yorkshire Dance, this is a podcast series about Dance and Dementia. Join Lily and Lauren for this first episode. They talk to Project Manager Adie Nivison and Programmes Director, Hannah Robertshaw about ‘In Mature Company’ – a project that takes dance into Yorkshire care homes – chatting about how it came to be and the importance of this work. All episodes were recorded live from our homes before the COVID-19 pandemic. Download and listen to episode one now!

This podcast series is part of Time to Shine, a six-year programme delivered by Leeds Older People’s Forum and funded through National Lottery Community Fund’s Ageing Better.

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