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Dance to Health

Dance to Health is a pioneering, nationwide falls prevention dance programme for older people. Dance to Health sessions combine evidence-based exercise with the creativity, energy and sociability of dance. The programme was devised and is managed by Aesop, a social enterprise and charity. Take part in Dance to Health No dance experience is necessary and even if you require walking aids you can take part. - Get fit and improve strength, balance and flexibility - Proven programme led by professional dance artist - Reduce your risk of falling - Make new friends - Affordable – pay weekly subs to take part - Join any time Why Dance to Health? Falls are traumatic for older people and a major challenge for the health system. They destroy confidence, increase isolation and reduce independence, costing the NHS £2.3 billion annually. Dance to Health improves physical and emotional wellbeing. It’s lots of fun too!

20 June 2019
East of England
Arts, Health
Local Alliances:
Norwich City Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Dance to Health is an evidence based programme delivering proven positive outcomes for older people and welcomes people with dementia and their carers. Dance to Health works nationally with a range of partners both medical and creative and will promote and consider the needs of people with dementia wherever we can.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Many of our groups are or will be run by older volunteers and it may be a challenge to bring them together for regular, updated training.

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2. Actions

  • Join the Norwich city DDA

    We will join the Norwich DDA with immediate effect.



  • Establish a local dementia champion who can train new volunteers in Dementia Awareness

    We will look for a volunteer to become a local dementia champion to train new volunteers as they join us.

  • Dementia Awareness Training

    Ensure that our staff and volunteers attend the dementia awareness training.