Twelve Case studies submitted as part of the Arts & Health South West Prize 2015 and which share dementia as a common theme.
Age of Creativity
Age of Creativity is an online platform to share, celebrate and inspire work in the field of arts and older people. When last checked there were 70 projects on dementia but none that relate to acute hospitals. They fit into a number of categories: Museums and Galleries (17); Reminiscence (1); Training (18); Daycare/Community (11); Memory Services (2); Residential Care (7); Research (3); Poetry specific (1); Music specific (3); Dance specific (6).
Arts4Dementia is an organisation helping people to develop and coordinate high-quality intergenerational arts opportunities for people living with dementia in the community.
Local Authorities + Older People + Arts = A Creative Combination
This report argues the case for Local Authorities to support the arts for older people. It does include reference to the arts for people with dementia, but with a focus on residential care and in the community. It includes case studies from Local Authorities in England and Scotland. By David Cutler, Director of the Baring Foundation, November 2013
Other relevant Baring Foundation publications:
Collective Encounters has produced an arts and dementia toolkit which developed out of three years creative work in Merseyside with the carers of people living with dementia. It is aimed primarily at care staff.
A Pocket Guide to Arts Activities for People with Dementia
Creative Arts Dementia Network
Creative Arts Dementia Network's mission is to promote the use of creative arts as a means of improving the health and well being of individuals living with dementia, their families and communities. They do this through providing artists, arts organisations and educators with information and resources for their work and facilitating the sharing and exchange of best practice. They also connect creative arts providers with commissioners working across cultural, health, social care, housing and business sectors to raise awareness of the value of creative arts for dementia.
Equal Arts Arts and Dementia Network is a forum for the North East of England which aims to bring together and support professionals working in the arts, health and social care, who are interested in producing opportunities for people with dementia to engage in art activity.
Innovations in Dementia
Innovations in Dementia does not offer services for people with dementia. Instead we work with other organisations to make sure that people with dementia can continue to take part in their communities and have active lives.
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The King's Fund
The King’s Fund Enhancing the Healing Environment Programme
final area of focus was to improve the environment of care for people with dementia. It involved 23 teams from acute, community and mental health NHS trusts who worked on a range of projects across the dementia care pathway and sought to make hospital environments less alienating for people with cognitive problems. In 2009, ten mental health trusts joined the dementia care programme and ten acute trusts and two community trusts followed in 2010. There are many relevant resources on their website.
The Rayne Foundation funded Phase 1 of this project and in November 2013 hosted a ‘Music and Dementia’ seminar. This report from the event includes a guide to making the most of music in dementia care and provides further sources of information and support:
Sustaining the Note of Hope; Music, Dementia and Meaningful Lives by Marsaili Cameron and Belinda Sosinowicz.