Monica and the 10 things I’ve learned about connection from people with dementia.

This moved me to tears …

My Time is Now

“You are the music while the music lasts.” –T.S. Eliot, The Four Quartets

My work with the elderly has been very meaningful to me. My work with the elderly suffering from dementia has been astonishing. In the same way that a child will blurt out the most brilliant little nugget of truth without thinking, a person who has lived a very long life but can’t remember it will do the same- sometimes without saying a word: a foot tapping along to a pretty song, snapping in time to the rhythm of the music, a smile with eyes that have seen the moon more times than me.


My dance therapy for people with dementia is designed to give them moments of clarity and presence. I’m the lucky duck who gets to experience moments with them. There’s no reason for us to get caught up in the past or the future when…

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About cho wan yau

Teacher by day poet/writer by night. Words have been my first love and will be my last. As a child I locked myself into the toilet devouring books which transported me to distant lands. Poetry shared penned from 2009-2010 in a titanic struggle to stay sane at Heartbreak Hotel. Please check it out on Any comments or feedback welcome. Why not share your story with me, because we all have one, don't we?

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