The Caravan of Memory
- The population is aging. In France, nearly 900,000 people suffer from neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer that cannot be cured. And 100,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.
- The Caravan of Memory develops the implementation of complementary alternative therapy that uses the power of Tango - Music and Dance - to slow down the loss of autonomy of the elderly who have Alzheimer’s. The first results obtained in five French cities (La Prée, Decize, Baigneux-les-Juifs, Dijon, Le Domaine des Gueules Cassées au Coudon), were the drivers to continue this project of training, workshops and research in a dozen other places, with the collaboration of INSERM scientists, of which ABB Reportages provides relay in images.
- If conclusions are positive, this project will lead to a scientific publication that will guide to a change in the way we care and look at the elderly.
- To this day, The Caravan of Memory is still a nomadic project, composed of eight sites in France (Anglet, Sarcelles and 6 establishments of the Isatis association), and three international (Milan, San Francisco, Buenos Aires).
- There we will train 60 caregivers, mobilize 600 elderly people, and soon we will have 6,000 grandmothers and grandfathers Tangoing!
How does the Caravan work ?
At the origin of the project, three committed women: Anne Bramard-Blagny (author director), France Mourey (research professor Inserm), and Sylvana Yustino (tango singer).
- Every stage of The Caravan of Memory invariably begins by presenting the project to the institutions administrative and medical directors, then to patients, as well as to staff. The project is never imposed, always proposed; the possibility of "no" is, in the project as in Tango, a pledge of freedom.
- Therapeutic Tango training is offered to all retirement home staff. Such training is the project's ethic because the staff are on site after the workshop. The training is given under the supervision of the researchers from the University of Burgundy: France Mourey, Danilo Spada, Julien Bourrelier; and the intervention of the team of the Argentinian choreographer Rodolfo Dinzel, who has created and written a unique and exceptional method for learning Tango, which was used for treating Parkinson's patients succesfully.
- A regular intervention of tango singers and teachers, during Tango Workshops, in retirement homes over a period of a minimum of 13 weeks is a guarantee for lasting effectiveness.
- Through the training, researchers principally present a "serious game" that they have designed. Observing patients mobilized by these tools, but also and especially by the animators and dancers, they measure the progress thanks to accelerometers placed on the members of patients during the first, middle and last workshops.
- The audio-visuals produced by ABB Reportaages follows the transformation of the elderly people participating in the Tango workshops which also helps to bring new support to Research and Communicate results.
Where is the Caravan going ?
- The final goal is, by recommendation of several scientific committees, the publication of a study produced by the research team to validate the process that will contribute to a lasting change in the way society sees elderly people with Alzheimer's disorders.
- So the Caravan of Memory is actually a project with four objectives
Sylvana Yustino, Argentine singer, guides a patient.
- 1. The first objective is to bring joy to the elderly through Music and Tango; making them sing, dance, move, empathize with other residents and caregivers. To make them feel alive, in the moment, through music and physical movement. The idea is also to install the project lastingly on each place of the stage via Therapeutic Tango training. This first objective is, for the moment, achieved, with actions on the ground. A choir has been created at Domaine des Gueules Cassées in Le Coudon, and a workshop for wheelchairs in Decize.
- 2. The second objective is to allow as many people as possible to benefit from this new non-medicated therapy. For this, The Caravan of Memory seeks to implement Tango Workshops in all the facilities that want it; the action among the six Isatis association´s establishments is part of this logic.
- 3. The third objective is the understanding and validation, by research of Music and Dance’s positive power. Both through the training and the workshops, the researchers are present with "serious game" and accelerometers whose readings validate the premises.
- 4. The fourth objective is, always, to record the images of residents’ transformations during the workshops, because images speak louder than words, and also, they are essential to support the Research and the Communication.
Describe your project goal
How will we use the funds collected ?
The funds raised, a goal set at 15,000 euros, will be used specifically to finance music and dance workshops for seniors, as well as the production of audiovisual that will allow us to keep the memory of what happened during the workshops. All of which is considered as therapy and instrument of scientific studies for Inserm researchers.
In France, six stages of the Caravan have already taken place in the Prée, Dijon, Decize (Les Sables Roses and les Chaumes d'Aron), Baigneux-les-Juifs and the Domaine des Gueules Cassées. These animated analyzed and filmed stages have been totally financed and put into images. Two more stages, also fully funded, are in progress, carried out in co-production with PQEV, Stravos Niarchos Foundation and Ose in Sarcelles and Anglet.
The funds raised in this campaign will allow us to complete the budget of this immense project carried out with the association Isatis in 6 sites in Paris and Rennes, for the first program of workshops scheduled until the end of July 2019, and a second program renewed until the middle of 2020. The funds will also be used to hold the Tango workshops, which will take place under the direction of composer Graciane Finzi, in April / May 2019, in San Francisco, United States; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. In addition, they will serve to develop the new steps to be implemented during autumn of 2019 in France, in one hand, with the associations petits frères des Pauvres and Pour Que L'Esprit Vive; and on the other hand with Isatis and Mutuelle Bien Vieirir.
The aim of this campaign is to collect a minimum of 15,000 euros to guarantee the participation of dancers and musicians, support the team's trips and allow the realization of audiovisual materials, valuable tools, which on the one hand act as a boost for the self-esteem of the elderly, and on the other hand they serve as tools of analysis for the researchers' work.
- And let's remember all of these started...
- with an original, innovative experience,
- "The Alzheimer's Melody" and its short programs.
Five years of "Music and Tango", presence at the Abbaye de la Prée (Berry), then at Chaumes d'Aron and the Rize Sands of Decize (Nièvre) then at the retirement homes Grands Crus de Dijon. enabled ABB REPORTAGES’ team to produce a documentary and short programs to establish the role of Music, Movement, and Tango for those with this disease.
These documents were produced thanks to the motivation of patients, carers, artists, doctors, researchers from the University of Burgundy / Franche-Comté, CNRS and Inserm (Emmanuel Bigand, Gerard Mick, France Mourey ... ) and many partners; They lead to a change in society´s view of the elderly.
Thus, was born the idea of a Tour de France, Europe and Argentina "Music, Movement, Dance, Tango, and Research.""
A militant initiative project
- ABB Reportages is a French Ltd company founded in January 2010 by Anne Bramard-Blagny to reinforce the production of the author’s activities and keep control of the creation of her projects.
The lawyers Jean François Joffre and Paul Blagny were founders of this company.
Anne Bramard-Blagny writes, directs and produces independent documentary films for public and private channels. For several decades, she has developed a catalogue of projects according to personal orientations, and under different labels.
Currently, after 200 documentaries, conferences and countless articles, Anne Bramard-Blagny pursues her work focused on the origins, meaning, and power of Music and Movement.
The project "Music, Movement, Dance, Tango, Science, and Alzheimer" is part of this trend.
- The search for additional funding besides Wellfundr is based on the power of the project's first documentaries, "The Melody of Alzheimer's," which was supported by many partners. As well as the early stages now completed of the Caravan of Memory.