A Groundbreaking Collaboration
In the picturesque town of Boone, a unique collaboration between Blue Cross and Appalachian State University College of Health and Sciences unveiled a groundbreaking approach to combat Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and depression. Their solution? The timeless art of dance.
The Heartbeat of the Event: Sandi Finci Solomon
The event marked the inauguration of App State’s Aging Academy, and leading the charge was Sandi Finci Solomon, the heart and soul behind Ageless World of Dance. This initiative, dedicated to youth, veterans, and first responders, was founded by Solomon, a Boone local who, at the age of 85, is a testament to the rejuvenating power of dance.
The Transformative Power of Dance
Solomon, who has been dancing throughout her life, passionately believes in the therapeutic and transformative power of dance. “Dancing is ageless and acts as a bridge, connecting people from diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and ages in a nurturing environment,” Solomon remarked. She emphasized the profound social and fitness benefits of dance, calling it a "wholesome gathering for people of all ages."
Bridging Generations Through Dance
Lon Wilkinson III, the co-founder of Ageless World of Dance, shed light on the profound conversations that unfold on the dance floor, bridging generational gaps and fostering a sense of belonging. He emphasized the organization's commitment to recognizing and supporting our heroes, the brave men and women who have sacrificed for our safety.
Cognitive Wellness and Aging
The event also featured Dr. Kim McCullough, a Speech-Language Pathologist at App State, who delved into the intricacies of cognitive wellness. She highlighted the undeniable link between aging and dementia but was quick to point out that proactive wellness practices can bolster the brain's resilience against diseases.
The Importance of Community and Outreach
Mary Sheryl Horine, the driving force behind the event's organization, underscored the correlation between physical activity, aging gracefully, and cognitive health. Gavin Colquitt and Heidi Tait, both from the Institute for Health and Human Services at App State, emphasized the significance of community connection and outreach, especially in rural areas like Watauga County.
Participants like Herlinda Poe and Sandy Clearwater shared their enriching experiences, with Poe cherishing her interactions with the students and Clearwater expressing her eagerness to learn more.
In a world where age often becomes a barrier, the Ageless World of Dance event in Boone showcased how dance can dissolve these barriers, fostering connections, promoting mental and physical health, and celebrating the ageless spirit of humanity.
For more information on upcoming events and how you can be a part of this transformative journey, visit agelessworldofdance.org