Dances help to make difference

ARRCC dancing SUS-160322-133339001
ARRCC dancing SUS-160322-133339001

Last Friday saw ARRCC and ARRCC Elders members, staff and volunteers dancing away to familiar music played by Andrew Hall – also known as ‘Reverend Boogie’.

The occasion was the first of a series of monthly Tea Dances being held at the Rye Creative Centre.

Irna Mortlock, from ARRCC, said: “Music is becoming more and more popular in the elderly community, particularly for people living with dementia.

“It has been proven that music evokes emotion, and emotion can bring with it memory.

“By pairing music with every day activities, this can develop a rhythm that helps people to recall the memory of that activity, improving cognitive ability over time.

“Andrew came over from Kent to host and teach the group, he started with an easy ‘warm up’ of doing the hand jive, then progressed to the twist, Charleston, and finished off with a gentle Hawaiian hula dance.

“Everyone enjoyed the array of homemade cakes and tea and the first tea dance was pronounced to be a great success.

“Special guests included Gina Williams, from the Hastings and Rother Charities Fair, and Dahlia Redmond, who offers advice and support locally to people living with dementia.”

ARRCC is hoping to be able to offer transport in the future.

The next Tea Dance will be held on Friday, April 15, from 1pm-4pm. Contact ARRCC for more information on 01797 227 939.

ARRCC is a registered charity providing a range of support, advice and training opportunities for physically and sensory impaired adults and those suffering from dementia.

Its aim is to try to give disabled adults the confidence to make the most of their lives and give them access to all the opportunities available to the wider community.

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