Older People

m4d Radio launches to help those living with dementia

Music for Dementia has launched m4d Radio to help bring music into the lives of people living with dementia. The five free radio stations play music from the 1930s onwards, including one designed to bring together listeners of all ages in a care home setting with a mix of music.  

Following focus groups and feedback the five stations have been curated to create a source of appropriate music. The programme includes sessions on music to move to, songs from musicals, and soothing night-time tracks.

Older citizen community dance programme proved effective at fall prevention

Dance to Health, a community dance programme for older people, has published its phase one evaluation report on the programme’s effectiveness on addressing prevention of falls. The report, produced by Sheffield Hallam University Sports Industry Research Centre, found there was a 58% reduction in the number of falls experienced by participants in the previous 12 months.

The report also found positive improvements in participants' physical and mental wellbeing, including:

Arts 4 Dementia Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Organisations – 18 June 2020

This full-day online training aims to give arts facilitators greater understanding, increased skills, and confidence in communicating and working creatively with people experiencing the early stages of dementia and their carers, including remotely. This interactive training, held over Zoom, offers an opportunity to connect with other arts facilitators and organisations.

Creativity and Wellbeing Week reimagined

We are happy to share that, alongside our partners the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA), we have re-imagined Creativity & Wellbeing Week 2020.

We may not be able to come together in the same way, but we do want to provide a space where people can celebrate the incredible individuals and organisations that work in this sector. 

Dementia and the arts: sharing practice, developing understanding and enhancing lives – 20 April 2020

Explore, challenge and shape your perceptions of dementias through science and the creative arts. In this online course you will discover how the arts can create common ground between people, and in doing so, learn what we can all do to improve the quality of life and care for people living with different dementias.

Bibliotherapy - Bringing Books to Life – 13 May 2020

This one-day training course from Dementia Pathfinders aims to promote the principles of best practice in providing bibliotherapy sessions, which allow us to share thoughts and feelings, through the connection of stories and poetry, that will enable us to bring books to life. The training is for anyone who works with people living with dementia, family members or carers, to enable a different approach to keeping mental health healthy by sharing personal stories through characters in literature and poetry.

Moving into Maturity, Green Candle Dance Company – 8-9 April 2020

This is a specially designed introductory professional development course in Leading Dance for Older People and Dance and Dementia. Suitable for professional dance artists, health care professionals and students – this course will introduce you to some of the key skills needed to lead dance sessions, both seated and standing, with older people and people with dementia. Attendees are welcome to take part in one or both days, depending on their interests.

Further information can be found here.

Working musically with people with dementia, Music for Wellbeing CIC – 27 February & 25 March 2020

Music for Wellbeing CIC is running two training days for people who work musically with people with dementia

Creative ageing sector flourishing but further action needed

Creative ageing activity has expanded significantly over the last decade, but there is a real need to ensure that more marginalised older people have opportunities to be creative

Agency to offer support for arts and older people

The Baring Foundation has awarded a partnership led by Manchester Museum £250K to create an agency that will advocate for and support the cultural sector to be more age friendly.

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