Reawakening the Mind: Evaluation of London Arts Challenge in 2012: Arts Interventions to re-energise and inspire in the early stages of dementia and their carers
"Very important report" Baroness Greengross, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia
"A world first" Professor Paul Camic, Professor of Psychology and Public Health, Canterbury Christ Church University
Arts 4 Dementia Workshops
A4D has put on over 200 workshops across Music and Dance, Drama and Poetry, Art and Design and we have seen the effects*.
"I feel innovated! I was walking on air!" "It brought us together, inspired us."
"It makes the role of carer so much more fun." "Each time you come, there is something new to discover."
"It’s uplifting to do all this again – I thought it was lost."
Participant with dementia: "Coming to the studio makes a huge difference.
It's lifted my mood. I'm having the time of my life. I forget I've got dementia."
Carer: "Mum's cognition showed a massive improvement. One would expect
her to be tired, but she is active. It’s being part of something again."
For further details please visit our Reawakening the Mind
Baroness Greengross, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia and A4D Patron, says: As artistic stimulation can prolong the ability of people with dementia to play an active part in society, I urge memory services to work with local arts organisations and Arts 4 Dementia to set up activities to help re-energise families with dementia all over the country.
Sir Richard Eyre says:Over a decade or so I was asked to direct a film called Iris, which starred Judi Dench as the novelist, Iris Murdoch. A sort of love story, it was also an account of her illness, Alzheimer’s Disease. My mother had Alzheimer's too and died in 1992. I wish I had known then what Arts 4 Dementia has now shown - that engaging in activity involving the arts can override the symptoms of dementia and the stigma of that word. It helps to restore confidence, a sense of purpose and of fulfilment.
Charles Saumarez Smith says: "I am very pleased how much work the Royal Academy does in order to help and support those with dementia and am also honoured to be a patron of the charity A4D which is so active in this field of activity."
Professor Sir Andrew Motion says: "Poetry has a crucial role to play in helping people with dementia: it connects them with parts of themselves - their past selves, their present selves and their future selves - in ways that are at once confirming and exhilarating."
Katie Derham, BBC Broadcaster and A4D Patron, whose mother had dementia, says: “Arts 4 Dementia offers more than just a lifeline to people living with dementia and their families: it offers them hope that their life isn’t over, and a real chance that the quality of their lives can be improved. Music, Art, Dance and Drama is a gift to all of us – but can be utterly transforming for people with dementia.”
Veronica Franklin Gould, Chief Executive of A4D, says: “Engaging with the arts can lift the fog of dementia and release participants’ natural creative impulses. Even when their short-term memory is waning, people’s creative skills often remain vibrant. Taking them to see beautiful artworks and inspirational buildings, watching dancers on the stage or an orchestral performance, dancing, painting or performing themselves, are just some of the ways to get involved.”