Summer and Autumn at Christ Church

PARISH HALL

There is a busy programme of events on every week in the Parish Hall at Christ Church. We have recently welcomed three new classes.

The 'Dance Like a Mother' class has started on Thursday mornings at 10:30am. For further details visit there web site on www.dancelikeamother.com.

We also have a new dance class on Friday afternoons from 1 - 4pm. This is called 'We Live to Dance'

A dance class for dementia sufferers called Remember To Dance starts in September on Wednesday afternoons. See more details below.

All of our existing groups will continue to meet and the poster gives a guide on the hall occupacy. See more details on the calendar page..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHRIST CHURCH FILM CLUB – AUTUMN PROGRAMME  

 

We look forward to the next few months with a mixed programme of popular films. 

Our club meets on the first Thursday of each month at 1:30pm. Admission is £2 and this includes refreshments. The club is open to anybody who would like to come and there is no additional charge. Please join us each month and meet new friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REMEMBER TO DANCE

“Remember to Dance” is a new initiative providing a fun and supportive environment for those with dementia to enjoy the many benefits of music, song and dance with their caregivers.

You are, no doubt aware, dementia is not a single disease itself, more a general term to describe symptoms of impairment in memory, communication and thinking.  There is, at present, no cure and there have been numerous studies over many years to try and find ways to alleviate symptoms and slow the progression of this condition. 

At Remember To Dance we have been inspired by various studies carried out, that appear to reach one important conclusion, the one thing most likely to reduce, pacify and help ease symptoms is music.  Studies have linked music to drug-like effects releasing dopamine, strongly involved in emotional behaviour and mood.   Simply hearing music changes your brain chemistry.  Recent research shows music to help in many aspects including pain reduction, stress relief, memory and brain injuries.  Music activates brain regions involved in movement, planning, attention and memory. It is repetitive, melodious and organised!

Given the above, if listening to music can help so much, let’s move forward to sing with the music and dance to the music.  We like repetition and it’s why we start listening and then tapping our toes when we hear one of our favourite songs.  This is an extremely important point! Favourite songs.  Your brain responds far better when you hear music you have loved as a child and young adult as it “recognises” the music.   Songs linked to good memories and old favourites will have us up and dancing.

Our concept here is a simple one – we wish to stimulate past enjoyments for people by allowing them to experience music, song and dance as they have done in their youth and recent adulthood.  We want to find out about past lives, interests and music preferences.   The intention is for us to learn from family and associates the background of individuals so our activities may be tailored as fully as possible to personal needs.  This will involve music from any era.  All music is enjoyable to everyone.  We will do simple sequence dancing as these dances are a set pattern.  We are also happy to waltz, disco, swing, jive, maybe a little cha-cha or simply just move around the floor to the music.

We run a two-hour session at Christ Church, 131 Lostock Road, Davyhulme M41 0TD every Wednesday from 2.00 – 4.00 pm where people can come and enjoy and, most importantly, join in, an afternoon of music, song and dancing where everyone has fun.  This programme is best suited to those with mild to moderate dementia and we aim to be a positive influence on each participant’s quality of life.  Whilst the prospect of dementia and declining independence is harrowing, we, at Remember To Dance, wish to foster an environment of joy and reminiscence, providing a space for those with dementia and their caregivers to enjoy music as they always have done, alongside people who understand and share their experiences.

Old age should be a time for enjoying life and as simply hearing music releases that feel-good hormone dopamine, you’re sure to leave feeling upbeat!

We really look forward to welcoming you.

Christine Millar  26/08/18