Dance Against Dementia
Do you like dancing and worthy causes?
Of course, you answered “Yes”, so why wouldn’t you want to get involved with the Dance Against Dementia dance-a-thon at the Box Hill Town Hall on the 16th of September?
You’re invited to this massive public dance-a-thon fundraiser to support Umbrella Dementia Cafes. A live DJ will mash-up dance anthems from the 1940s and 2020s, challenging teams of all ages to dance for someone they love living with dementia.
This September is Dementia Awareness Month and there will be an Action Week from the 18th to the 24th, incorporating World Alzheimer’s Day on the 21st. September is also an opportunity for the dance community to help raise funds for community-based dementia care programs, the Umbrella Dementia Cafes.
The dementia cafes model is designed to empower people living with dementia to regain autonomy, boost their self-esteem and improve their well-being. The cafes are all driven by dedicated volunteers who rely on donations and grants to survive.
Funds raised at this year’s Dance Against Dementia event will go to Umbrella Dementia Cafes to continue their important work of facilitating greater social connections between people living with dementia, their family and their community.
Put on your dancing shoes
Dance Against Dementia is encouraging people to form a team to compete in the dance-a-thon and generate their own sponsorship. Individuals can buy tickets for the event and kids under 16 can come along for free on an adult ticket.
If you can’t make it to Box Hill Town Hall on September 16, you can still participate by hosting your own event anywhere there’s room to shake a leg.
Dance Against Dementia has set a challenging target of $50,000 for the dance-a-thon event. So why not join in? Your participation will not only help Umbrella Dementia Cafés reach their fundraising target, but you’ll be raising vital awareness about dementia and inspiring more people to improve their brain health!
Dancing is great for your brain health, and it is a fantastic form of physical and social therapy for people living with age-related illnesses, such as Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Dance movement helps with motor coordination, muscle and bone strength, and it’s a great way to lift mood.
For more information, visit Dance Against Dementia.