Funds will allow therapeutic dancing for dementia patients

Dancemind helps people with dementia
Dancemind helps people with dementia

A dementia community organisation in Northampton has been awarded £7,000 to provide dance sessions for vulnerable older people.

Older people and their carers will receive tailored support from Lottery grants through the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme.

Dancemind in Northampton will use the money to pay for dance, movement and song sessions.

A Big Lottery spokesman said: “The funding comes at a crucial time as the number of people with dementia in the UK, currently standing at 800,000, is likely to double by 2020.

“A recent report by the charity Sue Ryder found that people dying from cancer receive better follow-up support and dedicated help than those suffering from dementia and that a lack of support in the community often leaves carers unable to cope.

“Additionally, a report published in April this year by Alzheimer’s UK found that nearly two-thirds of people with dementia who live on their own said they felt lonely and isolated.”

The Dancemind project aims to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of people living with various stages of dementia by using creative arts to help them reconnect and communicate with others.

The main focus of the weekly sessions is movement and song which allows participants to express themselves and communicate with others.