From 2015-17, we surveyed the many creative ways that older people engage with music, and explored why the majority of care homes do not regularly offer this opportunity. We found a wealth of evidence supporting the use of music for older people, particularly for those living with dementia. However, we also found there was limited evidence available about how music programmes can impact on a whole care home.
We’re looking to recruit enthusiastic volunteers to support a team of musicians and dance artists within three care homes in Leeds. The sessions will run once a week and will range from one-to-ones for individuals who may be room-bound, small groups to larger groups. The sessions will explore the impact of touch and measure how creativity can reduce social isolation and loneliness amongst care residents living with Dementia.
We are looking for a highly creative and experienced individual to manage and develop our award winning Meet Me At… programme of work with older people in Lewisham.
Move into Wellbeing is a charitable organisation which provides bespoke dance and exercise classes for adult learners living with Parkinson's and other mobility restrictions.
Join Arts 4 Dementia and the Royal Opera House for a programme of ballet workshops, with a live musician and dancers from the Royal Ballet! The workshops will be based on the company's repertoire for Winter 2018, including The Nutcracker.
This report provides a snapshot of the diverse creative ageing training provision available to artists and care staff in the UK as surveyed in July 2017.
Full-day training at the Saatchi Gallery on Wednesday 3 October 2018 for artists, learning officers, arts facilitators and front of house staff in developing arts programmes for people living with dementia.
Article written about the Elevate participatory arts programme at Salisbury District Hospital
Making Bridges with Music (MBWM) was an intergenerational pilot intervention thatworked with participants from 5 months to 100 years of age in 3 care homes in the Torbay area of the South West of England. MBWM was an innovative music and arts intervention that ran for 6 weeks (May-July 2017) and worked collaboratively with pre-school children, elderly people living in care homes, childminders and care home staff members. MBWM was funded primarily by Awards for All with the support of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Doorstep Arts and Torbay Early Years Advisory Team. The intervention team included musicians, visual artists, singers and actors with vast experience working in community settings with diverse groups.
Ageing and Creativity is seeking to recruit a freelance creative writing practitioner to devise and deliver a series of writing workshops for a small number of older people in sheltered accommodation in Bicester starting in August 2018. Background Ageing and Creativity is a partnership between the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and Age UK Oxfordshire, who lead and manage the Age of Creativity. The focus of these workshops is to explore how memories and experience can be used to inform creative practice with participants in a shared present, rather than as a resource for reminiscence. The project will enable participants to have fun and explore creative writing, but also challenge attitudes towards ageing and what it means to grow old.
We are looking for artists to creatively capture the work we do with over 60s. This is the second call for this project. The first is aimed at emerging artists and this one is aimed at artists more established in their field.
Connie's Colander by Gaye Poole. Connie is a retired domestic science teacher. Emily, her daughter, is enjoying hosting her first TV cookery show: Connie’s Colander, bringing her mother’s recipes onscreen and up to date. Sensitively, with humour and tenderness this newly written play traces the evolving relationship throughout their lives, and the impact of Connie’s Alzheimer’s. Can their relationship, and the TV show, survive? Running time 50 mins. Followed by a 20 minute post-show Q&A with a dementia specialist.
Call for Participatory Creative Proposals Meet Me At… is an award winning programme of activities for isolated older people in the borough of Lewisham, produced by Entelechy Arts and the Albany We are looking for co-creative proposals from artists or companies to work with residents at Lewisham Homes schemes for over 60s. All ideas will be considered.
Meet Me At… is an award winning programme of activities for isolated older people in the borough of Lewisham, produced by Entelechy Arts and the Albany. We are looking for an emerging artist or company to document the projects we create with residents. The projects will take place between Autumn 2018 and March 2019.
Full-day training at the Foundling Museum on Friday 6 July 2018 for artists, learning officers, arts facilitators and front of house staff in developing arts programmes for people living with dementia.
LAHF is running an evening introductory course for doctors, allied health professionals and nurses examining key evidence for the impact of arts and culture participation and exploring methods of evaluating arts and health practice.
The Arts in Care Homes programme was a joint funding initiative with the Arts Council England (2013-2016) to explore models of professional arts practice with and for older people in care homes over three years.
Join Arts 4 Dementia, the National Poetry Library (Southbank Centre) and acclaimed poet Nick Makoha for an 8-week series of poetry workshops for dementia!
Every year for 3 years Ballroom dancer Rashmi Becker has performed for 1,000 invited guests over the age of 65 at the glittering tea dance hosted by the Mayor of Westminster at the renowned Grosvenor Park Lane. After establishing inclusive dance company Step Change Studios, Rashmi saw an opportunity to showcase a ‘Strictly’ older people dance troupe at the tea dance, and celebrate diversity in dance.
cARTrefu is an exciting arts project run by Age Cymru. Since 2015 we’ve been matching Welsh care homes with some of Wales’ most creative artists to give older people access to quality arts activities.
Around 450,000 older people live in care homes in the UK. Older people in care are likely to be particularly disadvantaged in terms of access to arts and cultural activities, but participation in the arts can have a huge impact on wellbeing at what can be a difficult time of life. We gave Age Cymru a grant in 2015 for cARTrefu, a programme of artists’ residencies in care homes in Wales, jointly funded with the Arts Council of Wales. The first phase delivered nearly 2,000 hours of multi-form arts provision to over 1,500 residents in 122 care homes. A second phase is now underway.
West Yorkshire Playhouse presents Three, Friday 9 March, 1.30pm Three brand new short plays showcasing unique stories of life and flights of the imagination by rarely heard voices, co-written by people living with dementia and professional writers. Followed by a symposium for artists and practitioners: Ideas and Innovations: Theatre and Dementia, Friday 9 March, 2.45pm - 5.30pm
A foundation for arts facilitators looking to learn about working creatively with people living with dementia.
Magic Me is seeking dynamic, committed people to join our trustee board. We have up to two positions available for people with experience in one or more of the following: • Organisational strategy • Charity governance • Education • Care sector • Community arts
A look back on a year of activities and events for older people in Hull UK City of Culture in 2017. Circus skills workshops in care homes, talent shows for the over 55s and weekly cultural challenges – older people in Hull have certainly played their part in 2017.
This class is for those with Parkinson’s, their friends and family. Discover the themes, choreography and music of English National Ballet's current repertoire in a welcoming and informal environment.
Experiences of Being report into creative arts and dementia The Beth Johnson Foundation and Anchor, England's largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for older people, has produced a report detailing the positive impacts of six months of drama, music and dance workshops at 17 of Anchor's care homes in Surrey, with over 200 residents.
Join us on twitter for Intergenerational Hour on 7 Dec 1-2pm at #InterGenHour - all welcome
A regional programme, with a framework to integrate arts into dementia services in Dorset – a feasibility study
Join us for Intergenerational Hour on Twitter at the hash tag #InterGenHour 1pm-2pm Wed 8th of November
A Choir in Every Care Home is an ambitious initiative to explore how music and singing can feature regularly in care homes across the country. The website has a Tookit for Care Homes, one for Musicians and a helpful Resource section,
Arts 4 Dementia invites you to join us for our: SYMPOSIUM TO LAUNCH A NEW A4D REPORT Reawakening Integrated: Arts & Heritage A regional programme with a framework to integrate the arts into dementia care services in Dorset on World Alzheimer's Day, Thursday 21 September 2017 9.30am registration for a 10.00am start at The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1UG
Luminate invites proposals from artists for a three-year residency in Erskine care homes in Bishopton, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The opportunity is open to two artists working primarily in different artforms.
'Daringly Able' is a documentary film about care home life, interspersed with stop frame animations created by staff and residents which celebrate their expertise and interests. The film illustrates how we express ourselves through our skills, and how inherent they are to sense of self. Daringly Able reveals how creative activities have a positive impact on the mental health and wellbeing of care staff, residents and their families. It shows our collective responsibility towards empowering communities in care provision and towards those living with dementia so they are able maintain a sense of identity for as long as possible.
Simon Casson is a Producer for Duckie, arts company and purveyors of progressive working class entertainment. Here he introduces Duckie’s Posh Clubs: ‘glamorous cabaret and high tea for elegant elders and swanky senior citizens’.
Research Project Bridging Applied Ethnomusicology, Service Learning, Creative Aging, and Experiential Ethnography through Film
The final report from Magic Me’s programme of Artists Residencies in Care Homes, in partnership with care home provider Anchor and performing arts companies including Punchdrunk Enrichment and Upswing.
A report by Glaswegian artist Sharon Goodlet, based on findings from research trips to Australia and the USA. Sharon’s travels were enabled by a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship Award.
Since 2010, the Baring Foundation has focused on improving older people’s quality of life through opportunities to participate in the arts. The Foundation is small and so its work aims to influence policy and practice through projects, partnerships and publications. It has supported a very wide range of work in the past six years, which is documented on its own website and the Age of Creativity website. My own work on older artists, Winter Fires, was published by the Baring Foundation in 2012, and I subsequently joined them as a trustee, which has given me more insight into the range and quality of participatory art work being done with older people, not only in the UK, but in other European countries, the USA, Japan and elsewhere.
The role that the arts can play in supporting healthcare delivery and wellbeing has been widely acknowledged and has grown in recent decades in the UK and internationally. This edition of the engage journal explores the contribution that the visual arts can make to the environment of UK hospitals and medical centres and how engagement with the visual arts can impact on the lives of patients, staff and carers. How willing are those in the medical professions to engage with the arts, and what are the barriers to this? How can we work in partnership? What is the key current research into the benefits of arts and health projects, and what future research is needed in order to have an impact on policy?
Double Elephant has recently completed a printmaking and painting residency at Franklyn Hospital in Exeter making designs for posters on the theme of food for display in the dining area. The work was made by older people with dementia and poor mental health. We used familiar poems and songs to trigger ideas for the designs such as "food Glorious Food" or "Sweets for my sweet, sugar for my honey"
I have been Ceramics Activities Lead at Nightingale Hammerson’s Clapham home since 2011 but pottery has been running for over 20 years among other creative activity such as painting, textiles, singing and poetry. The home is pioneering in terms of facilities and care provision; there are approximately 180 residents ranging from residential to nursing and living with dementia. In the time I been there I have been developing pottery classes and projects that are both inclusive to all and sensitive to the needs of each individual. To do this, with the support of a fantastic activity team, care staff and volunteers, I structure group classes, on-floor and one-to-one activities that always ensure I can work closely with each residents.
Investigating the benefits of singing for people with dementia.
Together with our working group members, our investigation into singing in care homes has created and amassed a large amount of material. We have distilled our learnings from this material into these 10 Headlines.
Research on benefits of singing for older people. The Sidney De Haan centre has conducted large scale surveys of choral singers and the world’s first randomised control trial for singing and older people alongside other research related to the benefits of singing.
This report shows many health and care services in England are providing good quality care, despite a challenging environment, but substantial variation remains.
Events are moments for residents to enjoy. Award-winning activities and volunteers coordinator Tamara Juckes shares her advice on making sure they are a success.
Being 'creative' and 'open' boosts wellbeing in later life Age UK's Wellbeing Index finds that age isn't a barrier to living well. The Wellbeing in Later Life Index, developed by Age UK and the University of Southampton, analysed data from 15,000 people aged 60 and over to measure the wellbeing of the UK's older population. Interestingly however, the Index found that taking part in 'creative activities' such as the arts had the most direct influence in improving a person's wellbeing in later life. The activities that older people took part in included dancing, playing a musical instrument, visiting museums, photography, singing, painting and writing.
The ‘Appleby Tate’ is an incredible gallery space that has been created to display all of the fantastic artwork created in Art Sessions by the residents. Creative Minds have been delivering Art Sessions to Appleby House for nearly 2 years now, and the residents most of whom have dementia, have created wonderful art, crafts and sculpture over that time.
This report advocates the use of arts as a means to achieving excellence in the care home environment.
This report highlights key learning from the project, Creativity in Care, which included an artist’s residency, mentoring for activity co-ordinators and several training events.
Dementia and Imagination: end of project conference 31st January 2017, Wellcome Trust, London
Early Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Facilitators
A wonderful project delivered in county Durham by Mental health charity RTProjects showing the link between creativity and Dementia being used for positive effect. Inspirational.
Arts Council England recently published compelling findings about the positive effects of the arts on the happiness and well-being of older people. Read on for the key findings.
DANCE WELL webinar took place on 25th May 2016. Fergus Early OBE* from Green Candle Dance Company was interviewed by Paul Cann, Chief Executive of Age UK Oxfordshire about the joys and challenges of dancing with older people.
Art-based digital interventions have been shown to be beneficial for the well-being of people with dementia and their caregivers.
This dementia toolkit has been written to help small museums design their own wellbeing programmes, and is based on a project undertaken with that same thought in mind.
Understanding the experience of group singing for couples where one partner has a diagnosis of dementia
Museum activities in dementia care: Using visual analog scales to measure subjective wellbeing.
Evaluation report for reminiscence and visual arts and crafts project in care homes
City Arts has been exploring digital arts with a number of different care homes in Nottingham over the last couple of years.
Our HenPower project cultivates creativity in care settings at a time in life when most people are slowing down, and not stepping into wellies or making masterpieces.
The Ryedale Songs & Scones programme provides isolated older with a monthlyinformal performance by Live Music Now followed by a time to socialise over tea and cake.
Age Friendly Museums Day 2015 Care Home residents are made welcome at the British Museum.
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital patients have been participating in various performing arts activities at the hospital, including Memory Lane and Memory Lane Training Programme
This important document by the Alzheimer's Society was written by a group of practitioners chaired by the Baring Foundation and comes with the endorsement of the Arts Council England. It is written to be relevant for venues big and small and across all art forms.
The birth of Japan's first dementia friendly community has led to awareness of the needs of older people and the development of imaginative, open and inclusive appraoches to supporting the needs of a rapidly changing demographic.
Dance in Devon began a project giving older people in residential care access to a quality arts experience as participants and audiences. This film tells of one person's experience of the programme.
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