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A4D Reports

These reports contain a wealth of valuable tips, contacts and other information for arts organisations and facilitators of arts workshops for people living with early stage dementia.

1. Reawakening the Mind

2. Music Reawakening


Reawakening the Mind

Evaluation of Arts 4 Dementia's London Arts Challenge: Arts interventions to re-energise and inspire people in the early stages of dementia and their carers.

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Reawakening the Mind brings together research undertaken as part of A4D’s landmark pilot, London Arts Challenge (LAC) which was awarded the London 2012’s Inspire mark.

Evidence gained from 17 weekly projects, covering a range of art forms (including music, photography, drama, painting, poetry and dance) was used to assess the impact of each arts activity on cognitive function and wellbeing for both the person with dementia and their carer. Participation also allowed them to access creative skills, and take part in purposeful social activity.

Reawakening the Mind
represents an invaluable learning stream for arts organisations throughout the UK. The evaluation supports A4D’s belief that challenging creative activities, led by expert trainers in top-quality venues can inspire people with dementia, and help them extend their active lives in their communities.

Toolkit for Education Officers
The publication includes a wealth of useful information for education officers and workshop leaders, including best practice project tips, challenges and resolutions, model contact and evaluation forms, volunteer questionnaire contacts, bibliography etc.

    The Baring Foundation                       The Rayne Foundation

Music Reawakening

Music Reawakening, Musicianship and Access for Early to Mid Stage Dementia - The Way Forward provides guidance to spread music practice for people affected by early to mid stage dementia and carers nationwide.

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Music Reawakening is the outcome of A4D's Best Practice Symposium 2015 at London's Wignore Hall. The report presents programmes by leading opera companies, orchestras and choirs - most offered free to families affected by dementia.  It illustrates music education opportunities and neurological evidence of the power ofd music to increase and maintain cognitive activity, improve wellbeing, reduce isolation in dementia and reduce the risk of developing dementia.

Participating Organisations
Among the organisations featured are Scottish Opera, Glyndebourne, English Touring Opera, the Philharmonia Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra the Forget-me-Not Chorus, choirs for people with young onset dementia, and music therapy community groups, as well as the Alzheimer’s Society “Singing for the Brain”.

Participants report rediscovering lost skills and value the time and interest the musicians give them, the feeling of being involved in the creation of new music, opera, their ideas integral to each project and final performance.
The programmes, all informed by training and mentoring, celebrate participants’ abilities, their ideas, emotions and musicianship, rather than losses.

A4D 2015 Music Programme with ECO and LCM
Keen to explore ways to enable musicians with dementia to address technical difficulties so as to enjoy playing in an ensemble without worry, A4D set up the partnership programme with the English Chamber Orchestra and London College of Music. This proved especially rewarding for musicians with young onset dementia and culminated in a performance of the participants’ composition on stage at Wigmore Hall for the symposium.

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65 King's Cross Road

Telephone: 020 7239 4954

Registered Company No: 7511427
Registered Charity No: 1140842

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