Alzheimer's: Cultivating Optimal Levels of Flow through Dance

in Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
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An autoethnographic narrative is used to report qualitative changes in an Alzheimer's patient living in a home-care environment. The success of a simple dance activity that was used to cultivate an optimal level of flow between mother and daughter is described. Flow theory, although never mentioned, is implicit in the writing. Implications for future interventions with Alzheimer's patients by drawing on past-leamed neuromuscular patterns that elicit feelings of joy are suggested. Narrative is an evocative representation of positive interactions with Alzheimer's patients.

The author is with the Dept of Kinesiology and Health Science at California Slate University, Sacramento, CA 95819-2704.

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