“You are the music while the music lasts.” –T.S. Eliot, The Four Quartets
My work with the elderly has been very meaningful to me. My work with the elderly suffering from dementia has been astonishing. In the same way that a child will blurt out the most brilliant little nugget of truth without thinking, a person who has lived a very long life but can’t remember it will do the same- sometimes without saying a word: a foot tapping along to a pretty song, snapping in time to the rhythm of the music, a smile with eyes that have seen the moon more times than me.
My dance therapy for people with dementia is designed to give them moments of clarity and presence. I’m the lucky duck who gets to experience moments with them. There’s no reason for us to get caught up in the past or the future when…
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