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New Social Opportunities for Seniors Living with Dementia and their Caregivers through Sharing Dance

Health Benefits of Innovative program by Baycrest and Canada’s National Ballet School studied in partnership with Brandon University

No experience is required to participate in the Baycrest NBS Sharing Dance Seniors program, an exciting social opportunity that Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS), in partnership with Baycrest is providing at no cost for people living with dementia and their caregivers in the Westman Region at four locations starting September 12, 2018.

Interested participants can call their location of choice to reserve or look for Sharing Dance Seniors in Brandon on Facebook. Locations include:

Wednesdays at 12:30 pm, Alzheimer Society of Manitoba Westman Region, Unit 4B -457 9th Street, Brandon, Man. Contact: 204 729-8320.

Wednesdays at 2 pm, Country Meadows Personal Care Home Neepawa, Man. , 500 Veterans Way, Neepawa, MB  R0J  1H0  Phone: 204-476-2383.

Wednesdays at 2:30 pm, Prairie Oasis, 241-8th Street, Brandon Man. Contact: 204727 6641

Fridays at 10 am, Minnedosa 50 + Activity Centre, 31 Main Street South, Minnedosa, Man. Contact:  204 867-5190

About Baycrest NBS Sharing Dance Seniors

NBS Sharing Dance is a programme that makes high quality dance activities more accessible to children and youth, adults and seniors, and people living with age-related illness including Parkinson’s and dementia. As part of the initiative, NBS launched a pilot programme with Baycrest in autumn 2017 to bring dance to seniors in the Peterborough-Kawartha region of Ontario – one of the fastest aging rural regions in Canada – and will be piloting the program in the Westman Region in fall and winter of 2018. The pilot utilises video streaming technology to beam NBS’ expert instruction directly to the region – without the instructors ever leaving NBS’ campus in Toronto.

About The Research

This project is part of a larger study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research called Improving Social Inclusion for Canadians with Dementia and Carers through Sharing Dance. This research project examines the experiences of people participating in the Sharing Dance with Seniors program, the effectiveness of its delivery, and the challenges of expanding and sustaining the program. Information collected during these phases of the study will help to inform the development of future programs as well as policies for seniors and their carers. The research project has been approved by the Trent University Research Ethics Board and Brandon University Research Ethics Committee. The project leader in Brandon is Dr. Rachel Herron, Assistant Professor, Geography, Brandon University, (204) 727-9771, Email: