Hi, folks! I would so appreciate any practical perspective or anecdotes or advice you might have on this topic. My studio strives to create a safe and supportive learning community for everyone, as it should, and a number of people with some form of dementia are regulars there. I know I've seen articles on the cognitive benefits of dance for people with or at risk of dementia (and Parkinson's and so on) posted on danceforums, and it's amazing stuff. I would LOVE to see patients have access to the benefits of dance, and thankfully more and more seem to be seeking it out. Practically, though, I'm not sure how best to handle the unique needs of some people. I absolutely do not want to stigmatize anyone. One incredibly sweet man with Alzheimer's attends the weekly social dance with his wife, whom I adore. They are both assets to our little community, and I hope to see them there for as long as they are able to attend. I really wonder how we as a community could do a better job of supporting both the husband and the wife. Two ladies, both widowed, also seem to have some sort of cognitive difficulty, although I'm not sure of any diagnosis. They both exhibit occasional aggressiveness, although it manifests in different ways. One is especially hostile to new leaders, probably due to her increasing balance problems and fear of falling. The new leaders especially have a hard time understanding that her anger is not about them. The other lady is generally sweet except in moments of frustration or confusion, which are increasingly common and require copious amounts of reassurance from the instructor. Unfortunately, she recently took her frustration out on me with a good, hard shove in the back, and I worry she will do this to other women. Another man with dementia attended group class with his wife for a while, but he was truly unable to step through a basic waltz box even after lots of one-on-one help from the instructor. They eventually gave up in frustration, and I can't help but feel as though some of the therapeutic effects may have been over-promised. If any instructors out there have any tips on HOW to help people in his situation, I'm sure our overworked and well-meaning instructor would love to hear them. My apologies for the long post. If, by some chance, you have stories of your own, they would be so appreciated. And if you have any words of wisdom or advice, I am doubly thankful!