I’ve just received my Dementia Friends badge and a booklet with information about how to include and support people living with dementia. The dementia friends training is simple to complete, and a useful starting point for information and awareness. Do visit the website https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk to find out more and register as a friend!
Arts4Dementia (A4D) have also produced a thorough report and research data about learning approaches within arts provision for people living with dementia, extending the work done by MoMA’s Meet Me programme. The A4D report Reawakening the Mind focusses on people living with early stage dementia engaging with a range of arts based programmes including music, dance, drama, photography and art. The report states: “cognitive stimulation – such as engaging in arts activity – elevates people above the stresses of dementia and can delay degeneration and improve memory, thinking, social interaction, communication and quality of life.” (Gould, V. (2013) Reawakening the Mind, Arts 4 Dementia, p.7).
- Dementia Friends
- Arts 4 dementia (A4D)
- A4D Reawakening the Mind Report – Gould, V. (2013) Reawakening the Mind, Arts 4 Dementia [pdf. Online], available at: https://arts4dementia.org.uk/a4d-reports/a4d-report-reawakening-the-mind/
- MoMA’s Meet-me information