The biomedical perspective of dementia holds that the self (the person) is ostensibly absent, however person-centred theorists believe that the self persists and that, given appropriate support, dementia sufferers can achieve a state of well-being.
“Dancing and moving with others can open hearts not only to the fears and frustrations of life but also to the magnificant strength and beauty manifested in bodily expression and communal bonding. Those persons with dementia have a gift of hope to share with us. Through their simplicity, vulnerability and deep wisdom, they lead us in an everlasting dance where, as partners, we may share the universal choreography of life”
Shustik & Thompson (2001)