Music can’t exist without memory. But, despite the fact that memory loss can be associated with dementia, people living with it are often still able to listen, sing along, perform or move to music. It offers a way to communicate beyond language, and to sustain creativity, as well as giving insights into how memories themselves are formed.
The Inquiry Report, Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing, presents the findings of two years of UK-based research, evidence-gathering and discussions with patients, health and social care professionals, artists and arts administrators, academics, people in local government, ministers, other policy-makers and parliamentarians from both Houses of Parliament.
Beyond Dementia is a Collection Centre exhibition that explores the lived experience of dementia, looking beyond the condition and highlighting the positives. The exhibition is curated by the Fabulous Forgetful Friends, a group based in Manchester organised by charity Together Dementia Support. The aim of the exhibition and its accompanying public programme is to explore and support active citizenship for these individuals as the producers of the exhibition, allowing a unique approach to better understanding. It looks at how we work with those living dementia, rather than working for, and focuses on living beyond the disease.
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. It looked at how people were doing in different aspects of their lives under five key areas – social, personal, health, financial and environmental. Overall it showed there is no ‘magic bullet’ for positive wellbeing in later life and that instead, a whole host of factors under each of the key areas play a part in contributing to a person’s overall sense of wellbeing.
Looking at innovative approaches to improve the Health and Wellbeing of older people. Tuesday 5 & Wednesday 6 September 2017 Organised by Nottingham City Council in partnership with the Imagine Programme and supported by The Baring Foundation
The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) talk designed for people with mild memory loss and early stage dementia, with Geri Parlby. Talk at Wimborne Minster at 2 pm - a guide to reading church art and architecture - will be followed by a tour of the Minster.
This early-stage dementia awareness session will be delivered for Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) by a Dementia Pathfinders trainer Aubrey Maasdorp, with arts workshop guidance from Nigel Franklin (CEO, A4D). Full day training workshop. 10:00 registration for a 10:30 am start - 17:00 pm Monday 10th July
Collective Encounters presents the Wealth is Health tour. Join us in Liverpool, St Helen’s, Coventry or Leeds for a medical cabaret for our times! Using songs, sketches and skits, Collective Encounters’ Third Age Acting Company will take a look at the health inequalities in the UK. A fresh and satirical look at the NHS, suitable for all ages. Head to our website for more information and Tour dates!
A Practioners Guide
This handbook is not a tool-kit of prescription exercises to deliver visual arts projects, and it’s not an evaluation guide. What it is, is a result of a research project and is intended to be used by artists and other people who plan to deliver arts-based activities with people who are living with dementia. It is a set of useful ideas and recommendations that come from a robust research project setting out some foundations for developing visual arts projects with and for, people affected by dementia. It is designed to be as accessible as possible. In it you will find information about the Dementia & Imagination project; some key ingredients for delivering research-informed visual arts projects; case studies, a set of guiding principles, reflections of people involved in the programme, and some recommendations. If you want to read about the research in detail, or find other sources of support, this handbook will direct you there.
The UK has an ageing population. Many older people in the UK experience multiple disadvantages relating to health, deprivation, isolation and ageism. Such disadvantages are not only debilitating in themselves, but can also act as barriers to participating in those social and creative activities that protect good health and wellbeing.
Request for case studies – BBC documentary The BBC is producing a documentary that will follow a small group of centenarians to observe their life and show what it’s like to be 100 in the UK. They are keen to find people who can talk about their struggles, reflecting the kind of issues Age UK campaigns for and supports older people with - care, finance, loneliness and general vulnerability. If you have links with centenarians who would be willing to share their experiences, please get in touch with Age UK's Caroline.Minns@ageuk.org.uk by 1 April.
ART, DANCE, MUSIC AND DEMENTIA: FROM PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE TO SOCIAL PRESCRIPTION.
SAVE THE DATE: Thursday 21 September 2017 Keynote speaker: Geoff Wong (University of Oxford) GP & internationally recognised expert in realist evaluation of complex health and social care interventions. Artist and practitioner-lead workshops from: The Imagine Arts programme,Created Out of Mind at the Wellcome Huband dance practitioner Diane Amans
The Centre for Ageing Better is an independent charitable foundation funded by an endowment from the Big Lottery Fund and part of the ‘What Works’ network. We bring about change so that more people today and in the future benefit from their longer lives. We know what makes for a good later life; we know who is at risk of missing out. We’ve identified the changes we want to see and have begun work with and through others to make a significant positive impact.
A fascinating project is harnessing the power of the arts to unlock creativity and communication
Calling all friends of Arts 4 Dementia for a programme of music in partnership with the Angel Community Canal Boat Trust, guided by skipper John Checkley. Opera singers, including noted mezzo-soprano Vivien Conacher, will re-energise and inspire individuals, carers, families and friends living with early stage dementia within the community, singing opera choruses as the boat rises and drops in the lock.
The £1m grant has been awarded to a project at the Centre for Performance Science, a cross-institutional partnership between the Royal College of Music (RCM) and Imperial College London, and will allow the team to explore the impact of the arts and culture from individual, social, and economic perspectives.
The 31st January 2017 saw the Dementia and Imagination team share some of the main highlights of the research programme with 106 delegates in attendance. This action-packed day was filled with research findings, film, exhibitions of work and workshops with artists. Some of the presentations from the day are available from our website:
If you are a practitioner working with dance, movement or somatic movement practices, in an NHS hospital setting, we invite you to take part in a research study. Please read on for further information.
Have you ever thought about sharing your experiences with your peers? We need to know your highs, lows and tips on helping us to improve wellbeing for older people through the arts.
This report, by Kate Organ, maps the growing phenomenon of Older People’s Theatre Companies throughout the UK and puts this exciting development in the context of broader developments in older people’s participation in professional and amateur theatre.
Not So Cut Off is a new publication from the Arts Council Northern Ireland funded by the Baring Foundation. It gathers evidence from case studies funded by our joint Arts and Older People project on the benefits of participation in the arts for isolated older people.
A Men’s Shed is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. A Men’s Shed offers this to a group of such men where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where men come together to work.
24 November 2017 : Hilton London Metropole We are proud to announce that the National Care Awards will return in 2017 for the 19th consecutive year! Entries open in the spring and culminate with our distinguished, black tie, Awards Presentation Dinner on Friday 24 November 2017 at the outstanding Hilton London Metropole, on the Edgware Road. Entries open in the spring, so now is the time to start planning your nominations!
Fifty fully funded conference bursaries are now available for people living with dementia and family members / carers to attend the Dementia 2020 Conference free of charge at the Royal Society of Medicine on 13 April 2017.
tHE Dementia-Friendly Heritage Group is calling for case studies to be included in the ‘dementia-friendly heritage guide’, which aims to be published in autumn 2017. The Dementia-Friendly Heritage Group is a peer network working collaboratively to create a resource that will inspire and support heritage sector staff and volunteers to make their sites more dementia-friendly. All case studies that illustrate dementia-friendly heritage initiatives are welcome. Use the case study template • Authors will be contacted prior to publishing case studies • Case studies may be edited for length • Email your case studies by Sunday 30 April 2017 to email@example.com
The role that the arts can play in supporting individual mental health and wellbeing has been widely acknowledged, while research in the fields of arts and health has grown in recent decades both in the UK and internationally. Despite a growing acceptance of the benefits of engagement in the arts by clinicians, medical staff, carers and patients, sustained research programmes crossing the interface between arts and health remain a contested field. The two sectors do not necessarily share the same values, language, working methods or evaluation techniques. Nevertheless, the landscape is changing, with health providers across the UK realising the benefits of such interventions, thus embedding arts programmes in their service provision.
A review of many schemes in the UK and elsewhere.
Good mental health is key to achieving our potential, as it contributes to good physical health, relationships, education and work. In the UK, mental health problems affect one in four adults every year and account for 23% of the total burden of disease, yet only 13% of the NHS budget is allocated to their treatment. Considering this, alongside the large economic burden of mental illness (estimated as up to £100 billion annually in England), the clinical and economic need to invest in improving our nation’s mental health is evident.
The University of Winchester were commissioned ti complete a six month research-based review of Elevate, an art based programme that had been running in Salisbury hospital since September 2013. The evaluation was carried out between June and November 2014. The aim was to find out the different aspects of the impact of Elevate on the patients, the hospital staff and the artists.
This report outlines the processes and findings of an investigation into the value of cultural practices in engendering social capital and health and wellbeing in three coastal towns undergoing culture-led regeneration.
New research report into current practice in older people's dance, published by People Dancing and co-commissioned by Aesop, was launched at the House of Lords on 7 November 2016.
There is an invaluable charitable organisation in the UK called Paintings In Hospitals (PiH). By providing therapy and escapism through the medium of the visual arts they offer an alternative aspect to a patients care as well as solace and entertainment to visitors and the care professionals themselves. Established in London in 1959, Paintings in Hospitals works across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Arts 4 Dementia offers challenging arts programmes for people in the early stages of dementia as well as providing a website that lists arts events across the country and training facilitators in early stage dementia awareness. A4D focuses on what people can achieve, often very much more than they imagine as our recent workshop series at St Mary The Boltons church shows.
I often feel I have had several careers in dance: early years as a ballet dancer; then studying and teaching at the London School of Contemporary Dance in its early days; then forming the X6 Collective and plunging into new dance practices like contact improvisation and release technique; then founding Chisenhale Dance Space with another collective and meanwhile working regularly as a solo performer, freelance choreographer and Associate Director (Movement) for the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester; and finally, in 1987, setting up Green Candle Dance Company.
The suggestion of a tea party came initially from a member of clinical staff on one of the elderly care wards, as she had seen how the Elevate programme delivers bespoke creative activity for patients, responding personally to an individual and getting to the heart of the person through the arts.
Arts activities have been cited as a key tool in preventing dementia in guidance prepared for health commissioners. Group cognitively stimulating leisure activities including arts activities are declared as the only social intervention proven to work in helping to reduce the risk of dementia.
A new research report into current practice in older people's dance, published by People Dancing and co-commissioned by Aesop, was launched at the House of Lords on 7 November 2016. The report provides a snapshot of current practice in older people’s dance.
Arts on Prescription, sometimes know as Arts on Referral, is a type of social prescribing. In social prescribing there is a referral process whereby health or social care practitioners refer people to a service or a source of support.
The Baring Foundation commissioned this review to provide evidence about the benefits of art activities and to support arts organisations to improve their work with older people.
The project is an evaluation of the ‘ArtLift’ scheme, which seeks to provide arts activity in health care settings as a form of support for people with common problems such as depression and anxiety. The evaluation uses mixed methods including questionnaires and focus groups to identify outcomes and impacts of the scheme on patients and staff.
If you are interested in Arts on Prescription, increasingly used by the health service, have a read of Arts & Health South West Fact Sheets - it's a great start.
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.
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