Older People

LAHF partners with Great Ormond Street Hospital and RADA

For Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2017, LAHF is exploring how the arts and creativity can have a considerable role in enhancing our health and wellbeing throughout the life course. With the resources, support and buy-in from key decision makers, the arts can realise their potential to generate wellbeing, improve our health and social care services, and create a healthy, more equal society. LAHF's partnership events highlight organisations that are leading the way and showcasing best practice in how arts and health professionals can work together to achieve these goals.

Sadlers Wells Elixir Festival, London – 23-27 June 2017

Established in 2014, this dance festival celebrates lifelong creativity and the contribution of older artists, challenging assumptions about what older people can and want to do.

Elixir Festival 2017 will include KnowBody II, Elixir Extracts, Elixir Workshops, The Elixir Conference and 7 Dialogues.

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Recommendations for visual arts programmes for older people

A report by Glaswegian artist Sharon Goodlet, based on findings from research trips to Australia and the USA. Sharon’s travels were enabled by a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship Award.

A graduate of Glasgow School of Art, Sharon has a Fine Art background with over 17 years’ experience of delivering visual art programmes for older people in hospitals, care homes and in community settings.

Reawakening Festival, Dorset – 15 May-3 June 2017

Dorset’s first arts festival for dementia, Reawakening, will celebrate the county’s heritage, countryside and artistic life – from the Jurassic coast to Thomas Hardy, historic houses and estates, horticulture, ceramics, music, dance, poetry and drama, textiles, basketry and carving in wood and stone.

"As imaginative and artistic instincts can remain vibrant for years after onset of dementia, engaging with the arts and enjoying country exercise help preserve identity and sense of purpose in the community for longer.

Creative Dementia Arts Network conference, Sheffield – 27 June 2017

The sixth Creative Dementia Arts Network conference will deliver a varied programme that blends research with practice, lectures with workshops, and space and time for networking.

The focus of the conference is Arts, Dance, Music and Dementia: from Professional Practice to Social Prescription. Speakers include: Ming Hung Hsu, MHA, Kate Duncan, Nottingham City Arts, Hannah Robertshaw, Yorkshire Dance, Douglas Noble, Live Music Now, Ben Spiller, 1623 Theatre Company, Richard Coaten, Dance Psychotherapist and John Killick, Poet.

Singing for Better Breathing launch, London – 6 June 2017

1300-1500, 6 June 2017

Launch of the final report and documentary film of the Singing for Better Breathing project.

Royal Festival Hall, Level Five function room

RSVP to Di White, adminstrator, Sidney De Haan Research Centre:

t: 01303 220870

Early-stage dementia awareness training for arts organisations, London – 8 May 2017

A one-day workshop delivered by Arts 4 Dementia (A4D), and suitable for arts facilitators, workshop leaders, animateurs, volunteers and postgraduate arts students, as well as organisational staff in areas focused on learning, access, inclusion, development, community outreach, audience development, or visitor programmes.

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TAnDem Arts and Dementia Conference, Worcestershire – 21 September 2017

The one-day conference is a collaboration between the doctoral training centre for the arts and dementia at the University of Worcester, University of Nottingham, and the Alzheimer's Society.

Confirmed practitioner-led workshops:

Kate Duncan and Claire Ford will demonstrate the Armchair Gallery, which inspires the viewing, appreciation and production of artworks through a series of workshops led by professional artists, using digital technology.

Arts4Dementia folk music and opera, Kensington and Islington – 4 May-28 June 2017

A4D are offering a series of folk music workshops in Kensington, and operatic events on the canal in Islington – all for people with early-stage dementia and their families.

Folk Music in Kensington – 10 May-28 June 2017

ACE and Baring Foundation announce grantees for work with older people

The "Celebrating Age" portfolio of 16 projects will champion social inclusion over the next three years. The fund was created in response to the DCMS’s Taking Part survey, which found that participation in arts and culture fell “dramatically” over the age of 75.

A new round of funding will be announced later in 2017.

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