In this inspiring video, board-certified dance/movement therapist Erica Hornthal leads a dance/movement therapy session at CJE Senior Life in Evanston, Illinois. The footage demonstrates the benefits of dance/movement therapy with physically and cognitively impaired older adults are much more than just physical.

The movements and movement patterns – which tend to be more gestural and symbolic for this population –  foster social interaction, sense of self, reminiscence, relaxation, and feelings of empowerment. Dance/movement therapy “unlocks their potential,” says Hornthal, and helps the participants to feel stronger and more in control of their bodies and minds.

To learn more about Hornthal’s work read Using Dance Therapy to Heal the Body and Mind from Chicago’s WGN.

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