discoDtours has developed a seniors dance/exercise program called MOOVE AND GROOVE which introduces the magical experience of silent disco to seniors !
A specialized seniors silent disco tour experience has been developed in conjunction with a music therapist and exercise physiologist. discoDtours was awarded a NSW govt grant to develop the program and has completed a successful pilot 8 week program of weekly 1hr classes lead by a trained instructor onsite at RSL Retirement Village at Narrabeen on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
Participants are lead on a guided dance routine both inside and outside in the natural environment of the village. They listen to a specifically selected and edited music track with wireless headphones with adjustable volume. Despite the disco being “silent” this experience provides a unique way to connect people, in that complete strangers can do a tour together and feel “connected”. They step out of their comfort zones “together” and are given permission to “loose their inhibition” and in doing so experience the joy and happiness of silent disco.
This experience combines three traditional stand along therapies into one unique experience namely dance, music and exercise. Participants benefit as they are healthier, happier and more connected. As part of the pilot we measured changes across those metrics.
We are currently running ongoing classes within aged care facilities for residents at all levels of care and for non-independent and independent Seniors. A small fee for independent Seniors is applicable per class.
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Read our recent ABC story HERE
Building on our completed specialised dementia specific study funded by the NSW Government’s liveable communities grant, the Moove and Groove Program now provides aged care facilities with specialised classes specifically for those living with dementia bringing a uniquely immersive, joyful, healthy and happy experience directly to residents. These programs have been developed with a dementia consultant.
We are seeing some significant benefits for those living with dementia in terms of
- high engagement
- exercise participation
- reduced agitation
- increased cognition
and overall happiness and mental health.
Many of these benefits extend for hours beyond a class finishing. Families are also enjoying the benefits with many participating in the classes with their loved ones. Staff also enjoy dancing and sharing class time with residents as they are experiencing improved behavioural benefits in those they care for daily. It is an entirely new dance therapy for seniors.
We can offer people wanting to bring the moove and groove program to their community 2 options;
a) Contact us to book in a weekly class - if we have instructors in your areas!
b) Train the Trainer program - NEW - we have recently launched this program which provides you with EVERYTHING you need to deliver Moove and Groove, Specialised Headphones,Music, props and over 50 specially developed dance/exercise routines online. This can be purchased by either Aged Care homes , Community Centers or any passionate instructor who would like to bring Moove and Groove classes to their local area.
If you would like more details of the Program or would like to bring Moove and Groove to your retirement village, aged care home, community centre or as a special event, bookings can be made by emailing us at email@example.com and/or call our Program Director Sally Fuller on 0412105468.