Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Latin Rhythm and Movement classes

We've been having a lot of fun in our new Latin Rhythm and Movement classes this year!  These classes are especially good for Seniors living in Memory Care and Assisted Living Residences.  We can engage a large number of residents with this activity- and Seniors really enjoy learning how to play all the different Rhythm instruments.

How the class works:

At the beginning of each class we start each resident with shakers and have a follow along session- encouraging them to copy hand and arm movements so they get some light fun exercise along with musical fun.  Then each resident is given a different instrument to play- from Tamborines and maracas to gyros and cowbells- after several songs, we switch instruments to keep interest high and keep everyone engaged in the activity.

Getting into the Rhythm at the Courtyard
Live Action Shot at the Courtyard
Keeping a steady rhythm with the wood block.
Taking a break between songs

Keeping time!
Trying out new instruments

This activity is open to large groups and usually fully engages Memory Care residents for 45 minutes to an hour.   This is an activity that both men and women usually enjoy equally.  Sometimes we even have a few dancers in our group!

Looking forward to a lot more fun with Latin Rhythm this year!

Till next time- Stay Creative and Shake those tail feathers!


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