Today the rumba was presented to the participants in the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation’s REMS programme (Memory and Health Stimulation and Reinforcement).
The song “Som com som” [We are who we are], promoted by the Foundation and written by Los Manolos, includes messages on how individuals with memory deficits want to be treated by society. These aspects include the fact that they don’t want to be infantilised, they want to be taken into account in conversations, they want more time to think or react and others.
And this is precisely the objective of Rumba REMS: to restore the dignity of individuals with dementia, to raise awareness about their needs and to improve their quality of life and emotional well-being, especially when they are out and about.
During their performance today, Los Manolos became emotional recalling when they recorded the video clip, which they also unveiled today, and they promised that “the party doesn’t stop here”. After January, the Foundation is planning to work on the choreography of Rumba REMS with schools, organisations and the community at large in the 17 towns and cities with Social Spaces. And for World Alzheimer Day 2020, it wants to create a flashmob in the main square of each town.
The rumba “Som com som” [We are who we are] was launched during the REMS Christmas event, which brings the participants in the different Social Spaces together every year as they prepare actions to enjoy Christmas together. The live performance by Los Manolos was a surprise that got them out of their chairs and was the perfect ending to the event.