Excellence in Action award recognizes exemplary commitment to quality
MISSOULA, Mont. (April 12, 2016) — The Village Senior Residence, a senior living community managed by The Goodman Group, is proud to announce that it has been recognized with the Enrichment of Life Award from the Montana Health Care Association in recognition of its innovative program in customer service, Dancing to the Decades. The award banquet took place on Tues., April 5, in Bozeman, Mont.
“Music enhances our residents’ lives, and exercise and movement is very important when it comes to seniors’ wellbeing, especially for those living in memory care,” said Kathryn Beaty, executive director at The Village Senior Residence. “Dancing to the Decades combines the two in a way that is enjoyable. By using a variety of music from several decades, residents also connect with cherished memories.”
Dancing to the Decades is an exercise program developed by Pearl Garden Memory Care Coordinator, Meagan Nay. This chair dancing program choreographs movements from water aerobics, ballet and tap dancing. Residents dance to music tracks that are 30 seconds to 1 minute long and come from various decades. Each dance movement correlates with the song, going with the beat and rhythm. For example, residents do the “disco” to the song “Staying Alive” from Saturday Night Fever.
“Those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and other dementias are usually unaware of the importance of stretching and exercising,” said Katie Knudsen, life enrichment director at The Village Senior Residence. “Seated exercise is a great way to improve participation and safety, and the ability to exercise in small groups is very beneficial for socialization. It is incredibly rewarding to see how the program enriches the lives of our residents in so many ways.”
Residents look forward to the lively and upbeat Dancing to the Decades classes. The movements allow for everyone to participate, no matter their physical limitations. The music always puts smiles on their faces, with many tapping their feet or bobbing their heads as they listen to the music. More mobile residents can’t help but stand up to dance. Family members of the Pearl Garden residents have even participated in the class with their loved ones, making the experience that much more meaningful. Family members are given the opportunity to create new memories that are positive and uplifting.