I recently had the opportunity to partner up with Yolo Hospice, the Davis Senior Center and Comfort Keepers to have a showing of the documentary, "Alive Inside." The story of the film centers around how the Music & Memory program can help people with advanced dementia access memories long dormant. Yolo Hospice is a certified Music & Memory program facilitator.
Later Barbara Nicholas, a dance teacher, showed participants how to do the basics of ballroom dancing. A recent 21 year long study of the relationship between leisure activities and risk of dementia published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that dancing had the strongest impact on decreasing subjects' likelihood of developing dementia. It reduced dementia risk by 76 percent, the highest of the activities studied.