Morningside Ministries, UT Health San Antonio provide tango classes to seniors

Media contact: Rosanne Fohn, fohn@uthscsa.edu, (210) 232-5998

Onsite contacts: UT Health San Antonio – Sara Massoud, (915) 731-3514

Morningside Ministries – Gracy Vargas, (210) 264-2482

SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 21, 2019) — Morningside Ministries at Menger Springs in Boerne and UT Health San Antonio are teaming up to offer “Tango Together” for Menger Springs residents with Alzheimer’s disease and their family caregiving partners.

Offered on four Saturdays in November, the classes will culminate with a social from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23.

The free classes are offered through the Caring for the Caregiver program, based in the School of Nursing at UT Health San Antonio, in collaboration with Morningside Ministries.

Tango Together was created and implemented by UT Health San Antonio physical therapy, occupational therapy and nursing students. It is funded by a Community Service Learning grant from the university’s Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics.

“There is growing evidence about the importance of social interaction for people living with dementia, and Tango Together provides this opportunity,” explained Carole White, Ph.D. RN, FAAN, director of the Caring for the Caregiver program and faculty mentor for the student project. “It brings together the benefits of physical activity, social connectedness and learning something new for people living with dementia.”

The Caring for the Caregiver program offers many free activities including support, resources and training sessions to help caregivers prepare for and carry out their important role with their loved one.

The students will be holding another series of Tango Together classes in San Antonio in 2020 in partnership with Jefferson Outreach.

For more information about Tango Together or other services provided by the Caring for the Caregiver program, visit http://utcaregivers.org/, call 210-450-8862 or send an email to utcaregivers@uthealthsa.org

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