For people dealing with memory impairments, it’s common to face depression and feelings of isolation as they struggle to cope. The Kern Dance Alliance and Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Kern County are bringing a little joy and a lot of music into some people’s lives with the Memory Moves program.

The group, which has been meeting Mondays and Tuesdays, uses dance as a form of therapy to encourage mental recall for those who are memory-impaired. Dance Movement and Therapy (DMT) has been shown to help those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia cope with daily life by increasing their sociability. Social activities help decrease their sense of isolation and combat depression.

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