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date: 17 September 2019

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Despite the seeming contradiction between a state of wellbeing and that of dementia, this chapter attempts to show that wellbeing is indeed possible for people with dementia and that dance movement therapy is one of the pathways towards this. The chapter covers different concepts of dementia and of wellbeing within a traditional biomedical framework and a person-centred framework, and introduces other non-dementia-specific theoretical constructs which enrich understandings of wellbeing, such as resilience and flow. Philosophical underpinnings of dance movement therapy and specific aspects of practice within a dementia context are described, providing examples from a phenomenological study. The suggestion is made that the impact of dance movement therapy on wellbeing may not only be in the moment, but may reach beyond the session itself. The chapter concludes that rather than being satisfied with wellbeing, workers and carers should look to the possibility of flourishing for people with dementia.

Keywords: dementia, dance movement therapy, dance, person-centred care, resilience, flow, wellbeing, flourishing, phenomenology

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