David, a scientist diagnosed in 2011 with fronto-temporal dementia, and his wife found A4D projects so invigorating that they attended art projects at Dulwich Picture Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, media at the Museum of Brands, poetry, drama, photography and dance at the Rambert, and every monthly A4D Friends workshop and opera workshops aboard the Angel Community Canal Boat in 2014.
These projects were "enlightening and instructive, therefore useful. The fact that you are stimulated in the class stimulates you the whole day, even talking to people." Fired by artistic analysis and revisiting the historic, technical world he thought he had lost, he found discussions opened his mind to new thoughts, widening his horizons. "I like having my mind exercised. I need the practice."
Having built companies, David valued the opportunity to create slogans. He surprised himself improvising drama with the Royal Central School. Like his wife, who felt that every course opened up a new art interest and gave release, he felt a sense of freedom in the dance studio. ‘You forget your troubles.’ They continued to write poetry, take photographs and look at art afresh. They discuss the workshops at weekends and with friends. "It’s uplifting … motivates you to do other things."