A4D Reawakening Integrated – Arts & Heritage: Symposium on World Alzheimer’s Day Thursday, 21 September

Reawakening Integrated: Arts & Heritage

A regional programme with a framework to integrate the arts into dementia care services in Dorset

On World Alzheimer’s Day, Thursday 21 September (10am – 4pm) at The Lighthouse arts centre, Poole, BU15 1UG

Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) launched new report with symposium and arts and heritage listings for clinicians, memory and care services, and families affected by dementia. We are also trialling a framework to integrate the use of arts into the NHS England transformation framework, The Well Pathway for Dementia:

A4D Reawakening Integrated: Arts and Heritage

“Starting Dementia Friendly Arts Activities at the point of diagnosis could bring a new level of support to those living with dementia and also improve their symptoms and overall wellbeing.” (Dr Paul French, NHS Dorset CCG)

The Symposium presented Dorset’s wide-ranging arts and heritage opportunities to inspire people affected by dementia. A framework for the integration of artistic stimulation into Dorset’s Memory Gateway and NHS England’s Well Pathway for Dementia was discussed, so that diagnosticians can in future direct patients to effective artistic programmes, at the same time as learning that their brain is degenerating, with at present no hope of a cure. The symposium demonstrated how arts help prevent onset of dementia and override symptoms to preserve active life in the community for longer.

With contributions from (in order of appearance):

Alex Coulter, Director, Arts & Health South West

Veronica Franklin Gould, President, Arts 4 Dementia “Reawakening: Arts & Heritage versus Dementia in Dorset”

Reawakening – Dorset arts programmes for mild memory loss and early-stage dementia:
Emma Talbot, Head of Education, Art at Dorset County Museum
Lisa Lort, Participation Producter, Creative Dance with Pavilion Dance South West
Jonny Hoskins, Senior Lecturer and Jon Nicholas workshop leader, Intergenerational drama at Arts University Bournemouth
Timothy Rice, BAO Organist, Organ and Choir, St Peter’s Church, Bournemouth

Joanna Malyon, “Dementia-Friendly Arts & Heritage”

Dorset Arts & Heritage for Dementia:
Julie Plumley, Founder and Director “Future Roots”, The Countrymen’s Club
Julie Freeman, Development Librarian, Dorset Libraries programmes
Lisa Tregale, Head of Education and Participation, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Nigel Franklin, Chief Executive, Arts 4 Dementia “How to find and post arts & heritage venues and events for dementia on arts4dementia.org.uk”

Dr Trish Vella-Burrows, Deputy Director, Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts & Health “The Reawakening Integrated Arts & Heritage Framework”

Discussion Panel, chair Alex Coulter
Siobain Hann, Adult Social Care
Diane Bardsley, Principal Programme Lead, Mental Health, NHS Dorset CCG
Dr Trish Vella Burrows, Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts & Health
Joanna Malyon, Alzheimer’s Society

Dorset Arts & Heritage for Dementia:
Hazel Peperell, Volunteer Ranger, Durlston Country Park and Nature Reserve
Phil Hallett, Chief Executive, Coda Music Trust
Anna Shiels, Arts Programme Manager, The Borough of Poole Arts Service
Hilary Foggo, Age UK, “Sing On!”