Useful Links

Whether you are a carer looking for support, or an individual recently diagnosed with dementia, Arts 4 Dementia invites you to use our useful links as a resource for information and guidance.

DISCLAIMER: Arts 4 Dementia takes no responsibility for the content of these web pages, which are provided in good faith for guidance only.

Age related organisations

 

Age UK – The country’s largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. We believe in a world where everyone can love later life and we work every day to achieve this.  We help more than 5m people every year providing support, companionship and advice for older people who need it most.

NAPA (National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People) NAPA has established working partnerships with most of the leading organisations involved with the well being of older people, both voluntary and privately funded, in order to promote our aims.

National Center for Creative Ageing (Providing Support for People Living with Dementia) The National Center for Creative Aging is dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging, and to developing programs that build upon this understanding.

Dementia-related organisations

Alzheimer’s Society – The UK’s largest charity serving those affected by dementia.  We do everything we can to keep people with dementia connected to their lives and the people who matter most.

Alzheimer’s Research UK – Working to defeat dementia.

Caring Sharing and Company Ltd – We provide live-in and live-out home care for the elderly and the physically or mentally frail. We also support those with dementia and their families by providing education, training and consultancy.

Dementia Care Matters – We are a leading global dementia care culture change organisation. We provide consultancy, learning development, training resources and practice based research.

Dementia Pathfinders – Therapeutic and social support programmes for people with dementia and their families. Training and education for health and social care professionals, volunteers, family carers and others involved in supporting people with dementia

Dementia Positive – Celebrating the creativity, strengths and insights of people living with dementia.

Dementia Research Centre, UCL – The Dementia Research Centre (DRC), based at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) is one of the UK’s leading centres for clinical research into dementia. The DRC is part of the Department of Neurodegenerative Disease at the UCL Institute of Neurology and has close links with the NIHR Biomedical Research Unit for Dementia (BRU-D) based at the NHNN.

Dementia UK – We provide Admiral Nurses, specialist dementia nurses who give practical and emotional support to families affected by dementia.

Dementia Web – Provides a 24hr dementia helpline, and gives information on local dementia support services. WIt provides useful documents on local services, hints and tips for family and people diagnosed with dementia, and a handy guide for support after diagnosis.

Educating children on dementia – The Ally Bally Bee project gives guidance to children on how to understand a grandparent’s dementia.

Healthline –  Topic centre offering information about Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other forms of dementia.

Join Dementia Research – The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in partnership with Alzheimer ScotlandAlzheimer’s Research UK and Alzheimer’s Society have developed ‘Join dementia research’, a new service which allows people to register their interest in participating in dementia research and be matched to suitable studies.

Journal of Dementia Care The Journal of Dementia Care launched in 1993, at the forefront of a modern approach to care for people with dementia.

Sandwell Third Age Arts STAA STAA is a charity providing access to the arts for older people including participation in creative activities to improve people’s health and well-being. STAA delivers positive arts experiences that enrich the quality of life of older people with mental health needs, people with dementia and their carers.

Arts in Dementia Care

General

Age of Creativity – An online platform to share, celebrate and inspire work in the field of arts and older people.

Bright Shadow – Celebrating the here and now through creative group activities, enabling people with dementia and those affected by it to thrive.

Catching Fireworks My clients are creative professionals, including artists, dancers, musicians, filmmakers, writers and designers, at all stages of their careers.  I provide coaching which supports them to create clarity, develop their vision into a viable plan, get them into action, overcome their fears and frustrations, fulfil their potential and enhance creative freedom.

Circle Dance in Dementia – Provide training days around the country, training staff from a range of care provision in Homes, Day Centres, Community Groups, Local Authorities and the NHS, and community musicians and dancers.

Creative Arts East – Brings professional theatre, music, cinema and cultural opportunities to rural and disadvantaged communities across Norfolk, Suffolk and the East.

Creative Health CIC – Works with health and wellbeing partners to plan, commission, produce and evaluate arts and health projects.

Creative Horizons Cumbria – Set up in 2011 to develop reminiscence in a more creative and meaningful way. It uses the past creatively to enhance the present through a range of creative reminiscence activities. Some of the activities include poetry, art and craft, drama and improvisation, music and movement.

Embrace Arts  – The University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre prides itself on being accessible and inclusive. We want everyone to feel welcome and get involved in what we do. We are a pioneering arts centre designed to include everyone. We are proud to champion emerging talent and disability-led performance companies, supporting those starting their careers.

Equal Arts – We are advocates of creative ageing, providing opportunities for self-expression to help improve wellbeing.  In recent years we have explored the effects of creative activity on people experiencing early signs of dementia, and people over 60 who were isolated and therefore at risk of developing mental health problems.

Exeter Healthcare Arts – Exeter Health Care Arts (EHCA) was established in 1992 as the arts project for the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. We hold Live Arts events, exhibitions, and environmental schemes in public and clinical areas, both inside and out.

London Arts in Health Forum The organisation is free to join and offers events, a regular newsletter, training sessions, advice and support for artists, architects, clinical staff and service users – basically anyone with an interest in arts in health. LAHF currently has nearly 3,000 members from London and further afield.

MoMA | Meet Me MoMA staff expanded on the success of the Museum’s existing education programs for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their care partners through the development of training resources intended for use by arts and health professionals on how to make art accessible to people with dementia using MoMA’s teaching methodologies and approach.

The Lightbox  Our programming is diverse, from classical through to contemporary art, from local to internationally famous artists, we both create our own exhibitions and borrow works from major museums and galleries in the UK and overseas.

Westminster Arts | Resonate Our programme of activities range from group sessions for those in residential care to one-to-one interventions for people living in their own homes and at risk of isolation. Activities include supported visits to galleries and theatres that enhance and compliment individual care plans, and help people to feel part of their wider community.

Yew Tree Arts Yew Tree Arts Ltd  is a professional arts organisation. We do training, workshops, performances and films. We specialise in partnership working and creating bespoke projects.

Visual Arts

Dulwich Picture Gallery: Good Times – Prescription for Art – Works with day centres, community centres and care homes to challenge negative perceptions about ageing and dementia, and to improve links between generations by celebrating the positive contributions that older people make in society. Designed to combat isolation and build trust to engage harder-to-reach audiences ensuring that they feel welcomed at the Gallery and willing to return.

The Wallace Collection The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. In 25 galleries are unsurpassed displays of French 18th-century painting, furtinure and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury.

Tovertafel – enlightened entertainment, a series of interactive games for people with moderate to severe dementia, encouraging them to instinctively participate in order to stimulate both physical and social activity. The games consist of interactive light animations which are projected on any table and which motivate the mind and inspire those living with dementia to be active. See also www.tovertafel.co.uk.

Dance

Sadler’s Wells Our goal is to grow the public’s enjoyment and understanding of dance by making dance relevant, meaningful and enriching. At the same time we seek to develop the art form by supporting artists and the creation of exciting new work.

Foundation for Community Dance – The professional organisation for anyone involved in creating opportunities for people to experience and participate in dance.

Let’s Dance with Change for Life
 
Change4Life is a society-wide movement that aims to prevent people from becoming overweight by encouraging them to eat better and move more. The campaign aims to inspire a societal movement in which everyone who has an interest in preventing obesity, be they Government, business, healthcare professionals, charities, schools, families or individuals, can play their part.

Music

Lost Chord Lost Chord produces more than 1,300 interactive musical sessions a year in 130 homes, designed to stimulate responses from people with dementia through the media of music, song and dance.

Institut für Bildung und Kultur – The Institute for Education and Culture (IfBK) has two areas of focus. One area of specialization is comprehensive management of classical music artists and the other is developing continuing education concepts for people of all ages and professional backgrounds.

Playlist for Life Playlist for Life is working to bring the benefits of personally meaningful music in dementia care to as many people as possible, wherever they may be in the UK.

Singing for Seniors by Vocal Vitality
We provide singing activities in day centres and care homes. We have also developed a training package including resources to train activities staff and care staff to facilitate regular, effective music sessions without the need for a professional musician. We offer a variety of themed, easy-to-use songbooks and CDs which can be used throughout the year as part of your activities programme.

The Sage Gateshead Our extensive Join In and Make Music programme enables everyone of every age or ability to become involved in music. It covers early years, work with schools, vocal and instrumental learning, professional learning, community music, Further and Higher Education, and professional development.

Literature and spoken word

Jessica Kingsley Publishers – We publish books for professionals and general readers in a range of subjects. We are well known for our long established lists on the autism spectrum, social work, and arts therapies. More recently we have published extensively in the fields of mental health, counselling, palliative care and practical theology. We have a range of graphic novels across these subject areas, and books for children, on issues including bereavement, depression and anger.

Living Words Living Words is an arts and literature organisation, created in 2007 by Susanna Howard.  Working with people experiencing dementia and isolated and disempowered people, Living Words supports free speech and expression.

Many Happy Returns for Generations Sarah Reed founded Many Happy Returns in 2008…After interviewing more than 120 older people about their happy memories from their youth, she developed, designed and published unique 1940s and 1950s ‘Chatterbox’ cards which make encounters across the generations more fun and rewarding for everyone involved, through rich, enjoyable conversation.

Physical exercise

Positive Spin is a groundbreaking project that enables people with dementia to cycle. Starting in Lambeth and rolling out across London, the aims of the project are to offer a fun social activity to enhance health and wellbeing for people with dementia and their carers and to evaluate the benefits of cycling for people and their families.

Carers

Carers Trust – We work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. Our vision: a world where the role and contribution of unpaid carers is recognised and they have access to the quality support and services they need to live their own lives.

Carers UK – Making life better for carers.

NHS Choices
/Carers Direct NHS Choices is the UK’s biggest health website. It provides a comprehensive health information service to help put you in control of your healthcare.

General Health

NHS at a glance – Snapshot of the current state of the NHS in 2016.

NHS My Health London  – My Health London has  developed a series of  Health Communities that offer information about specific areas of health and social care services in London. Each community is distinct, offering a range of benefits, including interactive maps of services, comparison tools, relevant news, events, features and blogs.

Department of Health: Living Well With Dementia: A National Dementia Strategy Accessible Summary (PDF)  – A strategic framework within for making quality improvements to dementia services and addressing health inequalities.

Our Dental Care: Improving Oral Health For Patients With Alzheimer’s Disease Or Related Disorders (ADRD) – Caregiver tips on ensuring comfort and familiarity during dental appointments for individuals living with dementia.

Dental care – Advises on dementia and oral health.

Drugwatch – Provides extensive information on drug interactions, side effects and device recalls.

Re:Cognition Health Re:Cognition Health provides a comprehensive and innovative clinical approach to the diagnosis and treatment of all types of cognitive impairment, which is the medical term for problems with any aspect of thinking ability.

The University of Canterbury For more than 50 years, Canterbury Christ Church University has been a big part of the Kent community, providing education which makes a real and positive difference to people’s lives.

The University of Worcester, Association of Dementia Studies We are a multi-professional group of educationalists, researchers and practitioners who are expert in the field of person-centred dementia care and support. People with dementia, their families and their carers inform the work of ADS at all stages.

Safety Guide for Seniors This guide offers information on the types of health and safety concerns that seniors will face as they move into a new phase of life. The guide is designed for seniors, loved ones, and caregivers alike.

Alzheimer’s specific care

How to make a home safe for a person with Alzheimer’s In-depth guide to improving safety for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other forms of Dementia living at home. This US website includes useful information for carers. Scroll down past the statistics to the risk reduction section with the big 1,2,3.

10 Stimulating Activities for Alzheimer’s Patients 10 activities to try with your loved one.

The Caregiver’s Guide to Car Travel with Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s This guide will help you find better ways to transport your Alzheimer’s loved one by car.

Alzheimer’s Disease and When to Stop Driving If your loved one has Alzheimer’s, he or she may not be safe on the road. Explain the risks — then provide other ways to get around.
 

Everything You Need to Know to Prepare Your Home for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s This guide will cover all the adjustments you should consider making room by room, with tips on creating both the safest surroundings and the most secure environment.

Dementia Care Dos & Don’ts: Dealing with Dementia Behavior Problems Understand and learn which strategies are most effective in dementia behavior management.
 

Sensory Rooms for Dementia Read more about the benefits of sensory room therapy and how you can create your own sensory room for your senior loved one.

 

Caring.com: Dementia and Alzheimer’s Understand better the symptoms of different types of dementia and Alezheimer’s and how you can help care for a loved one.

Mental health

Mind We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

BrainHub – Mental health portal – your questions answered by experts on video.

Counselling Directory – Dementia counselling – Dementia counselling can help those with dementia and their families deal with the diagnosis. Counselling is recognised as an effective tool for helping make life feel more normal for people with early stages of dementia. It’s an excellent support line for carers struggling with big changes and new responsibilities. The site offers information and the ability to connect with a counsellor.

Promoting Mental Health at Home: How to Design the Perfect Meditation Room Guide to designing the perfect meditation room in your own home, and reap the most benefits from your meditation time.

Mobility and assistance

AT Dementia – AT Dementia provides information on Assistive Technology that can help people with dementia live more independently.

Stairlifts Reviews –  To help you make an informed decision about buying a stairlift.  The website includes a section on grants that may be available.

UKS Mobility UKS Mobility is a family business with over twelve years experience supplying mobility equipment and healthcare products to the public. We also supply organisations such as the NHS, SAFA, Age Concern and Private Nursing homes.

Disaster Safety & Assistive Technology – Protection for Seniors and the Disabled – How you can better prepare for emergencies involving senior loved ones.

Money matters

Age UK Pension Calculator  – Helping you plan for your retirement.

Household Quotes – Benefits and grants available for older people. Every year in the UK, a staggering £3.7bn worth of benefits fail to be claimed by the older generation. Check this site to see what you may be missing.

Lost Pensions Guide – In a 2013 AGE UK survey it was revealed that 23% of adults in the UK have lost track of at least one pension scheme.

MyGrants.co.uk/Grants and Benefits for OAPs – Guide to help Senior Citizens to apply for grants.

What disability and sickness benefits can I claim? – A guide to the options.

DISCLAIMER: Arts 4 Dementia takes no responsibility for the content of these web pages, which are provided in good faith for guidance only.