Perception is interesting to process…
Perception is interesting to process…for often the social media images we place forward can greatly impact the people whom we may claim we wish to reach out to – be it for good or for bad.
In example, I was doing research recently on the issue of how social programs are seeking to address the needs of the Baby Boomer generation – the largest group of elderly that will be present on earth in history…and one that is shaping the face of the nation in significant ways because of their unique needs. For reference on the subject:
One of the greatest needs of the Baby Boomer generation is to be active – as Cohen noted that the baby boomer generation has rapidly expanded, influencing many older adults toward placing a strong emphasis on maintaining independence alongside a high quality of life and productivity throughout their existence – with the arts/dance being one form utilized to help them in that endeavor.
The use of dance as a form of therapy is considered positively in light of the fact that aerobic exercise improves cognitive function in elderly people and contributes to the prevention of degenerative neurological disease and brain damage. Additionally, other benefits of dance as a form of therapy come from the mobility it allows –as dance sport is a form of aerobic exercise that does not require special equipment and can be performed anywhere regardless of the environment or time. Dance has also been successful in promoting healthy activity in older adults and dementia patients. For reference:
- –Dancing towards well-being in the Third Age – Literature Review – Laban
- KEEP Dancing: The Health and Well-Being Benefits of Dance for Older People
Although dance therapy has been used to help the elderly deal with a host of physical and pyschological ailments, much of the media often presents the world of aging as if they are divorced from something such as dance. Dancing is often seen as an activity one is primarily involved in during their youth. Elderly populations have been repeatedly stereotyped as being disconnected from the world of dance—whether it is the need for dance or the ability to dance.
Because imagery is something that can greatly alter the perceptions of others, many have noted that it is not enough to simply tell on the benefits of dance for the elderly orally if wishing the capture the imaginations of others. Moreover, if others have a negative view of elderly dancing – as if it is all slow dancing and unattractive – having vibrant examples of elderly dancing can help others alter their perception and promote something that is obscure in many circles. Having something available will never be accessed unless one changes their perception on whether it’s even worth investing attention to.
For a positive example of social media used to show the benefits of the elderly dancing, one may consider the following: