Uniting Caroona staff participate in a record attempt by dancing the Macarena with residents. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Uniting Caroona staff participate in a record attempt by dancing the Macarena with residents. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Community dances the Macarena for dementia

UNITING New South Wales hopes to break a Guinness World Record for the largest group to ever perform the Macarena.

Venues from across the state, including the Uniting Caroona Complex aged care facility in Goonellabah, hosted their own dance events.

This was the third year the Uniting Big Move has run around the state.

Uniting Caroona residential operations manager, Valmae Dunlea, said the main focus of the statewide event was to raise money and awareness for people with dementia.

"Rather than suffering with dementia, it's showing how to live with dementia," she said.

"The theme of the dance is fiesta fun, so it's very festive and colourful and the Macarena is something people can do sitting down. It's promoting keeping physically and mentally active."

Volunteer and resident of Caroona's independent living village, 96-year-old Lorna Allen, enjoys keeping fit.

"I keep very active ... I walk up and down the hill there for 20 years, and it's quite a big hill," she said.

"I sometimes think they (people with dementia) should move around a bit more.

I take them out for walks ... that's why I'm here now and still doing what I'm doing."

Sandra Black from Uniting said it was important to take action against dementia now.

"Today 1.2 million Australians are already touched by it," she said.

More than 2000 people were expected to participate in the main event, which was held at Sydney Opera House at 12.30pm.

The current record of 2219 Macarena dancers is held by Eggbuckland Community College in Plymouth.



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