Here at Sunrise of Elstree, we’re preparing to mark World Alzheimer’s Day with a very special event for our residents.
World Alzheimer’s Day, 21 September, is the key focus of World Alzheimer’s Month, an annual international initiative to raise awareness of what it’s like to live with memory loss. At Sunrise of Elstree, we want to take the opportunity to celebrate the day and show our support.
We’re delighted to announce that we will be joined by Gary Edwards, the presenter of US TV’s Dancing with the Stars, and the Arthur Murray Dance Troop for a special dancing-themed day of entertainment. We want our residents to don their best dancing shoes and join in an exciting dance class held by Gary, who will be bringing his expert knowledge and skills to the table.
Gary, the winner of over 30 international dancing titles, was the hot favourite to replace Len Goodman on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017. A presenter on the American version of the show, since retiring from competition the 6’4” Ballroom Giant has gone on to become a world class judge. Now, he’s launched the #GetBritainDancing campaign to promote the physical and social benefits of dance by highlighting what it can do to improve lifestyle and mental health.
Sunrise of Elstree is excited to team up with Gary to raise awareness of the campaign and have called upon the Arthur Murray dance troop to visit our community and dance with our residents. Things will kick off on Thursday 20 September – the day before World Alzheimer’s Day.
Passion for the cause goes right to the very top of the famous Arthur Murray empire, with Vice-President Wayne A. Smith confirming: “Arthur Murray has a long history of supporting Alzheimer’s organisations and our studios across the world.
Dancing is a proven rehabilitation approach to help reduce the symptoms of dementia and to this end, we have invited Gary Edwards to raise awareness of the cause.”
Leading the class alongside Gary will be Shaun Mcenery, who has a long-established reputation in the world of professional dance. Shaun was one of the Pro Dancers on Dancing with the Stars in the Middle East in 2014 – and specialises in the Argentine Tango!
Gary explains: “I want to make people aware of the importance of staying active and vital whilst also demonstrating how much pleasure dance can bring.
Dancing is the number one activity to enhance brain health – some may say it’s even better than sudoku and crossword puzzles. It’s physical, creative, social, and gives your brain an all-round workout.”
The #GetBritainDancing campaign aims to highlight the benefits of dancing and physical activity for those living with memory loss whilst allowing everyone involved to not only learn more, but have fun whilst staying active.
Sunrise’s very own Jackie Pool, Director of Memory Care and specialist focused on the innovative concept of ‘Rementia’ to reverse the symptoms of early-onset dementia, comments: “Social engagement is excellent… to enhance this simple but effective approach with a physical activity such as dancing, multiplies the benefits.”
We know that residents will be keen to get involved and get moving. The Arthur Murray Dance Experience, led by Gary Edwards, will be hosted at Sunrise of Elstree from 2.30pm on Thursday 20 September as a prelude to World Alzheimer’s Day on Friday 21 September.