Coming Alive: Kairos Dance Theatre’s Dancing Heart™ – Vital Elders Moving in Community
In the emerging arts, healthcare and creative aging movement, Kairos Dance Theatre, founded in 1999 in Minneapolis, is seeking to help pioneer understanding and practices, transform how we think of aging, health care, community and the role of the artist in society, and inspire and guide new programming. Kairos, with a mission to share the joy of dance and unleash its power to nurture and heal is an intergenerational dance company with members from age 4 to 100. Our work draws upon participatory performance art making and brain/body scientific research to catalyze understanding, participation, and health. This chapter describes our program, The Dancing Heart™ – Vital Elders Moving in Community and the companion Memory Care Program, created in Minnesota in 2005, which are pioneering, national award-winning, evidence-based programs that are transforming the lives of elders, their families, and caregivers in long-term care, memory care, and other health and community settings. These programs are improving quality of life, reducing healthcare costs, building community, and increasing joy and satisfaction.
KeywordsNursing Home Community Building Assisted Living Teaching Artist Site Staff
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