The overall economic impact of dementia in the UK is £26.3 billion, working out at an average annual cost of £32,250 per person. This has increased from £17 billion in 2007. The health care costs of dementia in the UK totals £4.3 billion. However, Ballroom and Latin Dance have been proven by numerous studies to inhibit and in numerous cases stop, early onset dementia. Therefore the monthly tea dance will offer the opportunity for the community to come together to enjoy an afternoon tea dance in the Arthur Murray Barnet studios. Where local GPs can refer early diagnosis patients to attend for free and dementia groups will be invited as well, however, every member of the Barnet community will also be invited and welcome to attend and intermix, enjoying an afternoon of community cohesion, socialising and of course experiencing and enjoying Ballroom and Latin dancing in a social environment.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This is a great idea because not only will the Arthur Murray dance studios provide the opportunity for the community to come together in a social environment, promoting community cohesion and togetherness, but it will also offer Arthur Murray Dance Studios the chance to provide a service for people who are effected by alzheimers and dementia. The tea dances hosted by the studios will be the ideal setting to create a community hub, where integration and health beneficial activities can be enjoyed in a professional and beautiful Ballroom space, in the heart of High Barnet.
Steps to get it done:
The tea dances can provide an opportunity for other community groups and businesses to attend and promote their services. For example local cake and pastry makers and arts and crafts retailers. We are also linking with local youth music providers, where young people can attend and perform live music to accompany the dancing at the events.
About the space
London Borough of Barnet
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