Older People

Living with dementias: Enhancing lives – 4 April 2019

This one-day conference is supported by Created Out of Mind and the RSPH Special Interest Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, as part of the RSPH continuing educational programme on arts and health.

"Join us for an exciting day of presentations, discussions and activities arising from the work of Created Out of Mind, an interdisciplinary research team, funded by The Wellcome Trust, which aims to challenge and inform perceptions and understanding of the dementias."

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Living with dementias: Enhancing lives – 4 April 2019

This one-day conference is supported by Created Out of Mind and the RSPH Special Interest Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, as part of the RSPH continuing educational programme on arts and health.

"Join us for an exciting day of presentations, discussions and activities arising from the work of Created Out of Mind, an interdisciplinary research team, funded by The Wellcome Trust, which aims to challenge and inform perceptions and understanding of the dementias."

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Press Play to Rewind online training

Musica Music and Wellbeing CIC have launched an online version of their Press Play to Rewind training, supporting care homes to use meaningful music activities and personalised playlists on a daily basis with their residents with dementia.

To find out more information about the course visit https://musica-music.co.uk/presstoplaytorewind/

Arts 4 Dementia early-stage dementia awareness training – 17 December 2018

The day 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. It is to help organisations work towards reaching new audiences, making their institutions more inclusive, and increasing their impact in the community.

This early-stage dementia awareness session will be delivered for Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) by Dementia Pathfinders trainer Aubrey Maasdorp, with arts workshop guidance from Imelda Dooley Hunter, A4D.

Sing to Beat Parkinson's course, Snape Maltings – 28-29 January 2019

The course offers a specialist opportunity for musicians and emerging artists to gain experience and develop a toolkit to run a singing group for people with Parkinson's and their carers.

The course will be led by Grenville Hancox (Honorary Professor in Music, Health and Well Being, University of Kent; Artistic Director, Canterbury Cantata Trust Founder and expert in
singing and wellbeing) and Nicola Wydenbach (an experienced Parkinson's and Singing practitioner and Founder of the Contented Music Club).

Please see details on the attached flyer

New arts and heritage app launched for people with dementia

Armchair Gallery has been designed to give people with dementia the opportunity to experience cultural collections from the comfort of their own home; it is available on both iOS and Android from the usual stores.

The app showcases artworks and artefacts from the collections of seven venues: Chatsworth House, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Lowry, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Pitt Rivers Museum, Mr Straw’s House and Newstead Abbey.

Researcher seeking dementia carers for London study

Researcher Mah Rana at Birkbeck College, London is looking for dementia carers to take part in a ‘crafting together’ study. Participation will involve 3-4 hours over two non-consecutive days between now and the end of 2019.

Dementia and the Arts, free online course – starts 19 November 2018

This online course is designed to explore and challenge perceptions of dementias through science and the creative arts. It presents information on creative approaches to creating common ground, and learning how to improve the quality of life and care for people living with different dementias.

Working Together: Collaboration Beyond the Academy in Research in Dementia and Culture, Huddersfield – 23 November 2018

This one-day symposium is devoted to research in the broad area of dementia, culture and narrative. In particular it focuses on cross-disciplinary and collaborative research.

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Government loneliness strategy builds in arts and culture

The recently released loneliness strategy includes a commitment to expand social prescribing and states that the "Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will work with Arts Council England to address loneliness through its programmes, as well as utilising the loneliness measure in its work. Alongside this, the department will raise awareness of the role that libraries can play, including through Libraries Week".

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