This month’s episode features stories that are very close to my own heart: dancing, travel and blogging. I think it is one of our best yet. I hope you agree!
The Queensland Ballet has come up with a unique class called Ballet for Seniors. I never had an opportunity to take ballet classes as a young girl, however in this month’s programme you will see that many of the ladies still know how to point those toes and extend those arms. I am sure I could take inspiration from them and do my best to look lady-like. And I would love the Zumba Class that follows. One more reason to move to Queensland! In addition to our feature story, there is more on this ABC news clip.
Anything that can help seniors combat arthritis, dementia and depression has to be a good thing, right? I look forward to my line dancing class every Monday, and in my chat with Pete Gatwood I mention its mental health benefits. It’s not just the concentration and exercise, music is an important stimulus for positive emotion. My mother was many years in care, and in her latter years, when she stopped speaking, I discovered I could connect with her by singing. She always knew the second verses!
Dementia is a stressful and isolating illness, for both the sufferer and their family. The Flame Tree Project at IRT Woonoona has come up with several innovative ideas to bring their residents into a more familiar and re-assuring environment, at the same time as encouraging more family visits. Again, using my mother as an example, when I discovered she was confused about which was her wardrobe, I plastered it with photos of herself as a young girl. That concept of a different time and place has been extended by The Flame Tree project. Their feature story starts around 6 minutes, and I recommend you take a look!
And then we meet Shelley Dark, a woman with an infectious personality and passion for life. As the founder of Shelley Dark Travel, she travels the globe, taking her tribe of Instagram followers along for the ride. Her story starts around 10 minutes. I know several of my fellow bloggers will be inspired by her story and photos.
Finally, Pete and Ben are back in the kitchen. Ben has come up with a simple twist on an Indian curry, using skinless chicken thigh fillets. It looks delicious!