Daily Archives: 2012年11月7日

an excursion with families with people with dementia

I was away to Osaka for an excursion with families whose members are with dementia. The travel was meant for relaxing those family members, but uniquely they were accompanied by those with dementia. Well, those family members feel happier with them, which amazed me deeply. The event was also enriched with a dance session instructed by Mr. Jareo. He demonstrated in front of us how to dance with those people with dementia. He sat besides an old lady who was busy touching her legs. She eventually stopped touching herself and started moving her foot as if she was dancing with him. Everyone was in awe of his feat.

We then moved to a hot spring villa and spent a night eating, drinking, singing, etc. I played Shamisen, a traditional instrument with three strings, to entertain them. Luckily, they liked my performance and asked me to come again next year. A woman accompanied by her husband taking care for her sang so beautifully and everyone was moved.

Mr Jareo, the dancer, is approaching to one of the participants

We arrived to a spa deep into mountains