A4D launches social prescribing report – arts to preserve brain health at the onset of dementia

Arts 4 Dementia launches report to transform diagnostic practice, establishing a pathway to refer patients at the onset of symptoms to empowering arts to preserve brain health.

A.R.T.S.* for Brain Health: Social prescribing as diagnostic practice for dementia – from despair to desire is the product of a two-year national campaign and conferences around NHS England regions, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

*Activities to Revitalise The Soul.

Leaders in dementia prevention and innovation, creative ageing, social prescribing, culture, health and wellbeing, and GPs and memory services around the UK inform A4D’s national campaign to advance social prescribing as automatic practice at the onset of symptoms of dementia, to preserve brain health – bridging the lonely fear-filled months until diagnosis.

Launch events on World Alzheimer’s Day, Tuesday 21 September 2021 (10-11.30 am, on Zoom, 2-3.45 pm, live at The Wallace Collection), coincide with the review of our recent conference in The Lancet NEUROLOGY this month, by Professors John Gallacher and Alistair Burns. Audiences can register via Eventbrite.

This is a remarkable magnum opus. 
Dr Michael Dixon, OBE, Chair of the College of Medicine & Co-Founder of the National Social Prescribing Network.

We must promote the use of arts as soon as diagnostic tests begin. This will protect against cognitive decline and the strains of dementia and will empower people to preserve cultural interests, and enjoy quality of life in the community for years longer.
Baroness Greengross, OBE, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia.

The shift for us in general practice is not just engaging with those medical activities which are core, but to engage with social activities, and make sure the two are aligned.
Professor Martin Marshall, CBE, Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners.

Social prescription offers a tremendous opportunity to empower people from the onset of symptoms – both the individual and their partner – to override strain and preserve brain health and cultural interests together in the community, for years longer. Veronica Franklin Gould, President, Arts 4 Dementia.