Tango program visits Horsham
A gentle dancing program at Horsham’s Memory Lane Café has provided people experiencing memory loss a chance to engage in mental and physical exercise.
Southern Cross Tango teachers Pam and Richard Jarvis visited the café at Horsham Cycling Club as part of national Dementia Action Week from September 16 to 22.
The Gentle Tango program was developed for people with a dementia diagnosis as a way to fight off age-related memory loss and provide social engagement and connection.
Dementia Australia’s Kay Miller said the program offered a great form of exercise that had many positive effects for participants.
“Gentle tango started overseas, but they have adapted it here for people with dementia and older people,” she said.
“People gain the ability to move to music. So, music evokes some really strong emotions in people and usually positive emotions. People who maybe haven’t moved much at all will get up and just sway or sway in their chairs.
“Someone who had been a yoga teacher who doesn’t move much, suddenly her body straightened up, she was out on the floor and loved it.
“That feeling of being part of a group as well is great.”
Ms Miller said the slogan for Dementia Action Week was, ‘Dementia doesn’t discriminate. Do you?’
She said people could complete a survey online at www.dementia.org.au/survey, which would help create a ‘national picture to better understand how discrimination for people living with dementia occurs and what it would take to shift discrimination’.