Grab the tissues and watch in awe as ballerina Marta C. Gonzalez reenacts her graceful dance.
Marta C. Gonzalez spent hours upon hours decades ago practicing and rehearsing the form and steps necessary to dance a flawless ballet to Swan Lake. And this investment stuck with her as she battled dementia.
"This clip shows what an important tool music can be for people with dementia," said the Alzheimer's Society.
Watch the touching reenactment of Swan Lake by Marta, captured by the staff at her nursing home:
Ballerina Marta C. Gonzalez - who lived with dementia - is taken back to her days dancing in Swan Lake thanks to the power of music.— Alzheimer's Society (@alzheimerssoc) November 9, 2020
This clip shows what an important tool music can be for people with dementia. So beautiful to see! 💙🎶@DespertarMusica pic.twitter.com/w6Y2W7Ee52
But who is Marta C. Gonzalez? According to sources, Marta has died since the filming of the Swan Lake reenactment.
"Música para Despertar says that the video was taken in Valencia, Spain in 2019, and that González has since died. The charity also claims that González was a former prima ballerina with "the New York Ballet" in the 1960s. There is no such known company and the New York City Ballet does not list anyone by that name as one of its alumni," writes NPR.
This post by the Alzheimer's Society has already been shared internationally in the last 24 hours. It's a beautiful depiction of the lasting effects music has on the brain even when affected by dementia.
Standford Healthcare provides a quick list of ways to help prevent dementia:
- Don't smoke.
- Stay at a healthy weight.
- Get plenty of exercise.
- Eat healthy food.
- Manage health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
- Stay mentally alert by learning new hobbies, reading, or solving crossword puzzles.
- Stay involved socially. Attend community activities, church, or support groups.
- If your doctor recommends it, take aspirin.
According to the Alzheimer's Association, "More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million. Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia. It kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined."
Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.