Arts 4 Dementia

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Empowering people with memory loss through artistic stimulation

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Stella was studying for a degree in Health and Social Care at Roehampton University, when she joined Arts 4 Dementia as an intern. Having researched Alzheimer’s Disease and the effect of a good lifestyle on the development of degenerative diseases for an essay on stress, Stella was interested to work with people over 65. She loves poetry and was keen to volunteer at our course of weekly poetry and communication sessions led by Susanna Howard of Living Words, ‘Empowerment through Story’, at Putney Library (April – June 2010).

Stella attended the training session for volunteers, wherre Susanna explained the procedure, that all would participate equally, person, carer, volunteer, group leader, seated in a relaxed circle, maintaining eye contact as conversation developed. Susanna recorded each person’s expression into what became a remarkable communal poem.

As volunteer, Stella sat at a table with a participant in the early stages of dementia and carer. She gave objects to both participants to stimulate memory, colourful memories which all three discussed, she recorded and Susanna, without adding a word, deftly cut into poetry. Both person and carer marvelled at their own words. Another participant, who arrived at the first session supported by sticks, left dancing without need for support. Stella, fully engaged throughout the course, was herself inspired by the responses she helped to elicit.

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Arts 4 Dementia
Phoenix Yard
65 King's Cross Road

Telephone: 020 7239 4954

Registered Company No: 7511427
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