discoDtours has developed a seniors exercise/dance program called MOOVE AND GROOVE which introduces the magical experience of silent disco to seniors !
A specialized seniors silent disco tour experience has been developed in conjunction with a music therapist and exercise physiologist. discoDtours was awarded a NSW govt grant to develop the program and has run a successful pilot 8 week program of weekly 1hr classes lead by a trained instructor onsite at RSL Retirement Village at Narabeen on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
Participants are lead on a guided dance routine both inside and outside in the natural environment of the village. They listen to a specifically selected and edited music track with wireless headphones with adjustable volume. Despite the disco being “silent” this experience provides a unique way to connect people, in that complete strangers can do a tour together and feel “connected”. They step out of their comfort zones “together” and are given permission to “loose their inhibition” and in doing so experience the joy and happiness of silent disco.
This experience combines three traditional stand along therapies into one unique experience namely dance, music and exercise. Participants benefit as they are healthier, happier and more connected. As part of the pilot we measured changes across those metrics.
We are currently running classes ongoing for a small fee per class.
Just turn up to try !
NARABEEN RSL TLC Centre - 10 am fridays ongoing from April 2017
MANLY SENIOR CITIZENS - 10am thursdays ongoing from May 2017.
Just email us if you would like to come along - email@example.com
Check out our VIDEO for our seniors program by clicking HERE
Read our recent ABC story HERE
We have also recently completed a specialised dementia specific study funded by the NSW Government’s livable communities grant. We are seeing some significant benefits for dementia patients in term of
- high engagement
- exercise participation
- reduced agitation
- increased cognition
and overall happiness and mental health.
Many of these benefits extend for hours beyond the class resulting. Families are also enjoying the benefits with many participating in the classes with their loved ones.
If you would like more details of the program or would like to bring Moove and Groove to your retirement village or aged care home bookings can be made by emailing us firstname.lastname@example.org