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What Matters Most

We wrapped up a few sites last week - leaving all of us at Kairos feeling a bit heavy hearted and reflective. We wanted to share some pictures of important moments with elder friends from a memory care and assisted living - as well as thoughts from Maria.  ...

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Love is it, huh?

In his New York Times column earlier this week, “The Building Blocks of Learning”, David Brooks references author Paul Tough’s new book, “Helping Children Succeed.” According to Brooks, Tough cites the work of researchers as he asks how we can improve students’...

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Dancing in Santa Fe, New Mexico

I love dancing with people.  I always find that after the first, sometimes awkward moment, most people really love to dance. They just need to know that they are welcome, be assured that there is no “right” way to dance and experience a model that demonstrates that...

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Parking Lot Memories

Just as writers need blank paper and painters need blank canvases, communities need accessible open space to gather and celebrate.  Public dances are examples of active community-making art that manifests itself through the people themselves.  Although these kinds of...

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An Unlikely Path for a College Intern

When I tell people I meet that my passion and current position involves dancing, singing and storytelling with elders and other under served populations, I tend to get a lot of perplexed looks. As a young Millennial with an almost-completed major in Arts Management,...

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Let’s Dance

For almost 40 years, I’ve labored in the health care industry, working as a physician committed to improving the health of the patients I cared for. My efforts were directed to addressing the health needs of those I saw……but with a focus on a medical model. Several...

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Awards for Kairos Collaborators

This week  in downtown Minneapolis 3,500 members of Aging Services of Minnesota are having their annual conference. Two Kairos Dance Theatre collaborators, Ebenezer and Wilder,  won awards for excellence in program innovation  in connection  with  Kairos' The Dancing...

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Neuropsychoimmunology

New Kairos word for the day: "Neuropsychoimmunology". A relatively recently emerging field that considers the interconnectedness of our feelings, brains, bodies, and health or wholeness. More research is needed to understand just how this interconnectedness happens...

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hand in hand

There is something about holding someone's hand when you dance with them. Maybe it's feeling their warmth - or cold (I often get the response: your hands are so cold!) and if I'm lucky an elder will rub my hands until they are warmer or we rub each others hands. The...

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