Yoga for Men and Women with Dementia and their Caregivers with Cheryl Kravitz
According to the Institute on Aging, yoga for individuals with dementia is three-fold: 1) exercise for the body, 2) exercise for the mind, and 3) a tool for stress reduction. This workshop will benefit both men and women with dementia and their caregivers. Studies have shown that caregivers for people with dementia are under so much stress they often neglect themselves. Yoga offers a personal journey of growth and self-discovery for caregivers and the patient. It also offers ways to join in community with others who can be of support.
As patients’ basic communication skills are diminished, caregivers sometimes can no longer connect with them. Amidst these immense challenges for both caregivers and patients, yoga can offer many tools for making interaction easier and more enjoyable for all involved. Those include relaxation methods, retraining and practice in basic motor skills, catharsis through joyful movement and music and powerful non-verbal means of connection and communication.
Individuals with dementia and their caregivers are welcome to attend. Cheryl will be happy to speak with the caregiver before the session.
Cheryl Kravitz, RYT200 is certified to teach yoga to individuals with dementia by the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Association. She works with the Jewish Federation and ElderSafe providing yoga classes individually and in groups to men and women with Alzheimer’s disease. A freelance writer, she recently published an article about her own journey.