the benefits for residents
What staff and residents Say
"Despina is a great entertainer and extremely engaging for our residents at Bexley. She is able to stimulate our residents through dance, utilising instruments and body movements to ensure the residents are involved and encouraged to participate in the session. Despina is very diverse and has worked throughout our cultural weeks and festivals, matching the themes according to what our home is celebrating."
princess (lifestyle manager)
"Dancing helps residents express themselves in many ways. It is a means to communicate, and a fun activity to sharpen their minds and build social bonds. Our residents – as well our team members – enjoy every class because we get to experience the cultures of many nations and celebrate different occasions. So keep dancing!"
Leweln (Lifestyle manager)
"Thank you for what you do. You bring us joy!"
Tina (aged care resident)
"Lily's visits are my favourite part of the week!"
frances (aged care resident)
Meet Despina & Lily!
“I bring the fun of music and movement to your residents – and Lily brings some puppy love!”
It's well-known that seniors benefit both physically and mentally from regular movement to music: it helps keeps their minds engaged and improves their mobility and flexibility. My classes provide music therapy, movement therapy AND pet therapy – all in one! With over 27 years of teaching Dance, Pilates and Yoga all around Sydney, I can customise classes to fit your residents’ needs. Whether you'd like me to provide a cultural experience with international music, or to travel back in time with music from bygone eras, I can make the class perfect for your residents – even adding some Pilates and Yoga for a soothing, calming effect.
While the residents themselves dance from the safety and comfort of their chairs, I myself move around the room to engage one-on-one with each of them, so the classes are extremely interactive and the participation rate is very high.
One thing is guaranteed: it will be fun and smiles all around, and your residents will have a positive and energising experience – in fact, 100% of the facilities who try my class once, end up booking regular classes. (And, as a huge bonus, residents light up when they realise it's "Lily Day", and the smile you’ll see on the residents’ faces when they cuddle Lily is PRICELESS!)