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.
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.
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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