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On Friday, August 25th, at 10am PT/1pm ET, award-winning dance artist, researcher, and creative aging thought leader Magda Kaczmarska joins Being Patient Live Talks to discuss her latest research on the value of dance practice for people with dementia.
With a dual background in neuropharmacology research and dance, Kaczmarska’s work focuses on how collective dance and creativity can support brain health. She founded DanceStream Projects, a New York City-based collective whose mission is to “spark brain health and build creative community through dance and movement.” Through DanceStream Projects, she’s developed evidence-informed approaches to extend brain health in older adults and people living with dementia with co-creative dance.
“There is a growing appreciation for the ability of person-centered arts-based approaches to extend multiple domains of brain health of people living with dementia,” she writes in her recent study. “Dance is a multi-modal artistic engagement which has positive impacts on cognition, mobility and the emotional and social aspects of brain health.”
Beyond Kaczmarska’s community-based practice and research, she mentors future leaders in the arts and health sector with a regular partnership at the Fordham Ailey School of Dance in New York City and the Arts in Medicine Fellowship in Lagos, Nigeria. In 2020, she was awarded an Atlantic Fellowship for Equity in Brain Health from the Global Brain Health Institute to support collaborations around the globe to design and expand access to creative aging programs. Kaczmarska also serves as a representative to the UN with Generations United, on the executive committee of the UN NGO Committee on Aging New York, as a board member of the Dementia Action Alliance, and as the vice president of the Foundation Dementia Action Alliance Poland.
Join this Live Talk on Friday to learn her insights on the benefits of dance for people living with dementia and what is needed for future research on embodied movement.