Live Presentations

“The Dance of Belonging”

An acclaimed presentation about new insights in dementia care that will engage your audience like no other!

The Presentation

Using evocative scenes from over 15 videos, “The Dance Of Belonging” compares how we used to think about Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia to how we are learning to see them today – and the extreme difference this new awareness makes in the lives of those who have a dementia disability, and for those who care for them.

This dynamic presentation will reach your audience at an emotive level, both challenging and changing their perceptions of dementia – and of what persons with dementia are able to be and do if given the right atmosphere and the right tools of expression.

Viewer Comments:

“Inspiring! Cutting Edge! Wow! Best presentation ever! I could have listened all day. My programs will always use music after that! He was wonderful!”
-Comments from the Illinois Activity Professionals Association Conference, October 2011

“It was one of the most insightful, moving, person-centered keynotes I have heard in a long time. Jim really gets it when it comes to caring for elders.”
– Deb Greiner, Director of Alzheimer’s Services, DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center, DeKalb, IL

Central to this presentation is the concept of “belonging” – being connected – which is crucial both to one’s understanding of dementia, and to preserving the well-being of persons who are living with it.

The presentation uses several video clips to show firsthand how thinking differently about dementia will lead to new ways of enriching the lives of those who have a dementia disability. Mr. Vanden Bosch uses examples of music, painting, dance, and theatre to show how anyone can create new avenues for persons with dementia to communicate and remain connected with others, their environment, and themselves.

Viewer Comments:

“The videos were excellent, and how the speaker put his presentation and videos together was fantastic! At points, in some of the clips, I found myself in tears!”

Who will benefit from “The Dance Of Belonging” presentation?

  • All long-term care staff – including administrators, marketers, social workers, direct care staff, nurses, and activity professionals
  • Family caregivers
  • Medical office staff and physicians
  • Occupational, physical, and speech therapists
  • Medical students of all types
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about dementia

Where this presentation has been given:

  • March 14, 2013 Understanding Alzheimer’s and Memory Loss Workshop for the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin
  • April 23, 2013 Kansas State University
  • June 26, 2013 Keynote presentation at the West Texas Alzheimer’s Association annual conference
  • October 9, 2013 Keynote presentation for the annual REACH Conference of the East Texas Council of Governments
  • October 16, 2013 Southeastern Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Association workshop
  • November 1, 2013 Southwestern Illinois Pioneer Coalition workshop
  • April 2, 2014 Trinity Christian College
  • August 8, 2014 Texas Medical Directors Association Annual Conference
  • September 23, 2014 Leading Age workshop
  • September 29, 2014 Iowa Health Care Association Annual Convention
  • October 9, 2014 Keynote presentation at the annual REACH Conference, East Texas Council of Governments
  • October 18, 2014 Keynote presentation at the Illinois Care Coordination Conference
  • December 12, 2014 Workshop presentation for the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Aging
  • January 27, 2015 Presentation North Shore Senior Center, Northfield, IL
  • March 31, 2015 BrightStar© Care and Home Health United, Baraboo, WI
  • April 17, 2015 Keynote presentation at the Southern Gerontological Society Conference, Williamsburg, VA
  • May 5, 2015 Keynote presentation CCP Supervisor’s Conference, Springfield, IL
  • August 3-5, 2015 Pioneer Network National Conference (culture change in long term care), Chicago, IL
  • October 7, 2015 Presentation at McDaniel College, Westminster, MD
  • October 8, 2015 Keynote presentation at the Annual REACH Conference, East Texas Council of Governments
  • October 20, 2015 LeadingAge Illinois Workshop, Naperville, IL
  • October 29, 2015 Keynote presentation at the Illinois Pioneer Coalition Summit, Springfield, IL
  • April 20, 2016 Plenary workshop at the Illiana Regional Azlheimer’s Conference
  • June 3, 2016 Keynote presentation at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside Aging Conference