A beautiful project that brings people together, tests sewing skills and helps everything along the way, also dementia.
Read more here.
There is a whole myriad of benefits to bring music therapy to people with a crippling disease as dementia. Let's hope the healthcare is prepared to invest into this.
Read more on Alzheimers News Today.
Article taken from Norman Lebrecht's website:
A pilot study by a London organisation, Arts 4 Dementia (A4D), to be published later this month, has yielded significant indications of ways that artistic activity can help delay and offset the distressing aspects of dementia.
- 94% of people with dementia were energised, unstressed, happy and alert for at least 24 hours after an arts session
- The energising effect lasted for up to a week in 60% of participants with dementia
- Visual arts generated the greatest immediate sense of achievement
- Music and dance (both of which have a physical component) demonstrated a significantly longer energising effect than other art forms
- 84% of people with demntia recognised that they had learned new skills.
A total of 17 projects – in art, music, dance, theatre, poetry, photography and media – were evaluated. These attracted 209 participants – 128 people with dementia and 81 carers – and offered 119 workshops. Several people with dementia took part in multiple projects (one actually attended nine) and some were not in the early stages; overall,therefore,there were 93 assessments of people with early dementia, involving 41 different individuals. They were between 66 and 91 years old, with an average age of 77.
Participants strongly agreed that the course had enhanced their quality of life.The workshops were the highlight of their week. They valued the inspirational venue and creative challenge, as well as the collaborative social opportunity, and felt able to access creative responses. Of those with dementia,
• 99% felt more fulfilled through their creative achievement • 99% planned to develop their art, as this enriched their lives
• 97% recognised that creative activity overrides memory worries
• 89% claimed to feel more confident
• 84% recognised that they had learned new skills
• 75% felt more energetic and 75% keener to socialise
Carers enjoyed the creative, cultural and social opportunities – some discovering a new cultural world – and all were happier at their companions’ restored energy, interest and relief of stress.
According to carers, 94% of people with dementia stayed energised, unstressed, happy and alert overnight, 80% for three days, 60% for a week. Whereas visual arts generated a personal sense of achievement, participants in music and dance remained energised longer. Only 7% – whose partners were not in the early stages – noticed no change, indicating that this dynamic approach is particularly appropriate for people in the early stages of dementia.
Arts & Dementia, another example of what a good match it is.
The Phillips Collection together with Iona's Wellness & Arts Center have set up a project to improve the lives of people with some form of memory loss.
Read more about it in the Washingtonian.
To know more about Iona's Wellness & Arts Centre, please visit their website.
More information about the Phillips Collection and the Creative aging exhibition, you can find here.
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department/ Art Promotion Office are coming up with some great projects lately, here is another one.
Grandpa Grandma Memory Boxes is an exhibition of works created by a group of senior citizens suffering from visual disabilities, and some with early dementia, and six Hong Kong-based visual artists: Hazel Chiu, Lina Har, Evelyna Liang, Mak Siu-fung, Wong Wing-fung and Bellini Yu.
The exhibition will open tomorrow at the Visual Arts Centre and will move to i-dArt from 25 October onwards.
For more information, please click here.
Reading about Dementia and the use of music to stimulate is very interesting but seeing the results is just astounding.
Two articles showed up in The Guardian in the last week.
How people with dementia can benefit from getting involved with the arts
For dementia sufferers, music unlocks door for real personality to shine
I also dug up an older article from the Dana Foundation that explains things from a brain point of view.
How Music Can Reach the Silenced Brain
But have a look at this video. It is like a balm to the soul.
Clive Parkinson, the Director of Arts for Health at the Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) speaks about how relevant the arts are when given a diagnosis of cancer or dementia.
In his talk he discusses the Maggie's cancer centres. I will post some information about it in my next post.
If you want to know more about Arts and Health Australia, this is their website http://www.artsandhealth.org. You can find more interesting talks on there, all downloadable as podcasts.
If you want to know more about Clive Parkinson and Arts for Health at the MMU, this is their website www.artsforhealth.org.
Tell me and I will forget;
show me and I may remember;
involve me and I will understand.
Old Chinese Proverb