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Health & Resiliency

We are looking forward to expanding our Health & Resiliency programs in the coming months with evidence-based activities that are accessible to all. Topics and activities will include mindfulness practices; incorporating nature, art and music into our daily lives, and simple approaches for improved nutrition, sleep, and overall wellbeing of mind, body, and spirit.  A core of all our programs is offering a source of connection with others, to address the common experience of isolation and loneliness that can happen to us all, especially in the time of social distancing.

Ageless Grace®

The Dementia Care Collaborative’s pioneer health and resiliency offering is Ageless Grace®, a brain:body wellness program. Grounded in the science of neuroplasticity – the basic idea that the brain and nervous system can change form and function, Ageless Grace® is a playful seated movement class with upbeat music.

Classes offer a time and space to be in community and reduce the sensation of social isolation that many of us feel. This program is offered in a light-hearted way to foster a sense of community and connection, joy and ease. Ageless Grace exercises address joint mobility, spinal flexibility, coordination, bone density, balance, awareness, confidence and overall health.

There are 21 different tools that have been expertly crafted to music to stimulate the body:brain connection. The program is based on the understanding that one of the ways neural pathways are created when we are young is through body-based play. Maybe we climbed trees, played hopscotch, played team sports, ran around, used our imaginations to make pies from backyard dirt. All of this body-based play benefitted our brain by creating neural pathways. During Ageless Grace® classes we access body-based play to again enliven those pathways.

When we combine music and movement we can sometimes find our way to a bit of Magic! We can get out of our minds (for a little while) and into our bodies. Into the present moment.

Classes meet Tuesdays and Friday from 10:30-11:30AM

Every BODY is welcome. These movement are done seated and accessible to most everyone.

Contact nmozzone@mgh.harvard.edu to receive the Zoom link and get ready to play to a more vibrant way!

Ageless Grace is so fun it’s easy to forget it’s good for you. A joyless, obligatory exercise program it is not! My mom says she likes that there’s no pressure – just show up and do what you can. Seeing her smile and laugh makes it completely worthwhile. Norie’s spirit, playlist and imagery keeps things rolling along. She makes it easy to engage. There’s a sweet, open-hearted feeling to the class that makes us feel safe and welcome. Me and my mom get to play for a while – a happy diversion from our daily routine!

-Ellen, September 2020

Thursday Afternoon Programming

The Dementia Care Collaborative continues to offer supportive experiences for its community of caregivers.

While our monthly evening educational forum, Conversations with Caregivers, offers more didactic/academic learning experiences, our Thursday afternoons focus on creating a space for enhanced community and socio-emotional-spirit support.

This series often offers real tangible ways to shift from a place of chronic stress and anxiety to a place of greater healing, health, and wholeness. Each unique program offers a way to shift toward greater awareness and resiliency, toward feeling more empowered and in alignment with how you want to feel. Topics are varied and wide-ranging and may draw from mindfulness techniques and the benefits of music, art, and movement for our spirits. We explore how we nourish ourselves by what we ingest (it’s not just what we eat!), how important rest is and ways to create more opportunities for relaxation, and how to increase joy and connection and reduce fear and isolation.

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