Café for Care Partners: Uplifting Ourselves and One Another Through Dance and Expressive Movement
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About The Event
Join us February 25 at 1:00 Pm (EST). After you register, we will send you the Zoom link and instructions.
As we all know, self-care for the care partner is essential. In this session, we will explore ways of caring for ourselves through movement that nourishes our bodies, hearts, and souls. No prior “dance” experience is necessary. With fun music and like-minded community to motivate and support us, we will revel in what our bodies CAN DO to ease our stress.
Donna Newman-Bluestein is a board certified dance/movement therapist, Certified Movement Analyst, licensed mental health counselor, and performer with Back Pocket Dancers. For 45 years she has worked with people of all ages and abilities, helping them cope with mental illness, physical challenges, and dementia through dance and expressive movement. For the past 19 years, Donna's work has focused entirely on transforming the culture of care for people living with dementia through dance, supporting care partners to better understand nonverbal communication. She shares her expertise as a speaker and trainer nationally and internationally. Dr. Michael Verde of Memory Bridge described the manual she wrote with Dr. Meg Chang: The Dance of Interaction: Nonverbal Communication Training for Caregivers of People with Dementia, An Embodied Approach: "a way-to-be-together guide. It is a perfectly timely book that animates hope, heralding a way by which life can move through our bodies to a place that dementia can never reach.”
Cafés for Care Partners are an opportunity to get together informally outside the context of a support group. The cafes are definitely supportive – but they're also periods of respite, a chance to kick back, go someplace new with new and old friends, and share a cup of coffee or glass of wine.