This fascinating collection of objects, housed in a special box, was created by 13 artists across the UK who made handheld tactile objects, commissioned by Leicestershire Artworks, with funding from Renaissance East Midlands.
This magical box is available for loan to schools and local communities, and is a brilliant, interactive concept to help engage and stimulate creativity in people including those with severe learning disabilities and dementia…
An exciting, innovative new art resource for people in the later stages of dementia or with more severe learning disabilities, has recently been developed by Leicestershire’s Open Museum….
“The touch senses remain the strongest stimulus after hearing and sight has deteriorated, and people with dementia are drawn to things they can find tangible through touch – in many cases finding comfort in the sensations felt through the finger tips.”
“This informative documentary offers pivotal new insights into the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease through creative arts. Leading international neurologists share findings which support the transformative power of drawing, painting, music and museum visits, illustrating how the parts of the brain related to emotions and creativity are largely spared by the disease, and therefore dramatically changing the way we look at Alzheimer’s and related disorders. The film shows how creative workshops are being embraced as exciting and effective therapy methods in several countries worldwide, opening doors of communication between those living with the disease and their caregivers and families.”
In summer 2012 with Arts 4 Dementia I led 8 weekly photography workshops for people living with dementia and their carers. It was an enriching and life changing experience for all participants involved with fantastic support from the Head of Education Janice McLaren and other staff at Photographers’ Gallery. Here is a short film which documents this project:
Welcome to this blog which explores the benefits of participation in the arts and creativity for people who are living with dementia and other mental health needs. The key area of focus is the link between the hands and the brain: scientific studies demonstrate there are more nerve connectors between the hands and the brain than any other part of the human body.
It has been demonstrated that by participating in arts activities, people living with dementia can live a more enriched and fulfilling life, with relief from confusion and anxiety; the creative part of the brain remains intact right until the later stages of the disease. This site aims to enrich the lives of people who are living with dementia reaching out also to their carers including close family members. This research focuses on what people who are living with dementia can do as opposed to society’s debilitating misperception of what they cannot do.