April 16-25, 2021, is National Dance Week. The National Dance Foundation has set aside this week for people to share their love of dance with kindness, inclusion, and community. Dancing has many benefits, not only physically, but also mentally and socially. Even if your parent has never been a big dancer, she might enjoy finding ways to connect with those she cares about during this week of dance. Here are some suggestions for you and your aging parent to celebrate this weeklong celebration.
Have a family dance party!
If your family is at the point where you can safely gather, a dance party can be a wonderful time to set aside those caregiving duties and just enjoy your time together. Find a home or place outside that has lots of room to move around and someplace to plug in some music and just have fun no matter how your family likes to dance. Little ones will probably just enjoy the opportunity to get some wiggles out, but make sure to invite older kids and young adults in your family, too. Maybe they can teach your parent the latest dance on TikTok or your parent could show them the dances she used to do when she was young.
Watch a dance performance.
Whether it’s as simple as your parent watching a classic movie with dancing in it (such as Singing in the Rain) with her elder care provider, or if it’s going out to watch a dance performance, her spirits are sure to be lifted by watching the beauty and grace of other’s dancing. You can even check into local schools or dance studios to see if there are small performances that your parent can enjoy at a low cost. If you can’t attend with your parent, having your elder care provider attend with her, and ensure that the proper health and safety regulations are followed will ensure your parent enjoys the performance as well as stays safe.
Learn a different culture’s dance.
Dance is an important part of many cultures and can be used to share a story, history, or value. National Dance Week can be a great time to do some fun research, either online or at a museum, about new-to-you cultural dancing. With a bit of research, you may even find a local outdoor location that will provide a demonstration of their dances.
Don’t be afraid to dance by yourself.
Almost anytime is a good time to dance (okay, not in the shower). Encourage your parent to use dance as a great form of exercise. Dancing provides a weight-bearing workout that can strengthen her bones and muscles, as well as give her added energy for when she’s not dancing. All she needs to do is put on some of her favorite music and then let herself dance however the music moves her. There really isn’t a wrong way to dance.
Record your parent dancing.
There’s just something uplifting about watching a person enjoy themselves dancing. If possible, record your parent doing a little dance, no matter how impromptu or planned. It will bring future generations joy to watch great-great grandma dancing with a smile on her face.
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