President’s Blog

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Rt. Hon. Matt Hancock, calls for social prescribing for the dementias:

“We should value the arts for not only bringing meaning and dignity to our lives, but for their power to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing. It’s scientifically proven. Access to the arts and social activities improves people’s mental and physical health. It makes us happier and healthier,” he declared at the Social Prescribing Conference and World Dementia Council summit, highlighting A4D’s programme at Southbank National Poetry Library as an effective intervention.


Thursday 16 May 2019

Arts 4 Dementia Best Practice Conference, ‘Towards Social Prescribing (Arts & Heritage) for the Dementias’
The Wellcome Collection, London.           

Baroness Greengross, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia will open the conference. Leading figures in the NHS public health, the social prescribing network, academic research, neuropsychology, and evaluation and arts for dementia social prescribing partners will present evidence.

Social Prescribing, a way of supporting people’s health and wellbeing through non-clinical interventions, arts and heritage opportunities, is gaining unprecedented traction. As it is not widely offered for the early stages of dementias, when re-energising artistic stimulation could effectively rekindle health and wellbeing and joy in the community, there will be a high level plenary debate to help steer the practice. We shall introduce the ArtsPAL volunteer creative befriender network to support individuals experiencing early stage dementia.

The conference will provide evidence of the power of arts to protect against the risk of cognitive decline and override dementia symptoms and loneliness, the role of social prescribing to enable people to engage in arts programmes as pre- and post-diagnostic support, so as to preserve health and wellbeing, connection with the community for longer.

Target audience: GPs, diagnosticians, social prescribers, memory services, health and social care, arts for health, medical colleges, academic researchers, arts organisations.

Full programme to follow .

Tickets £95.

Early Bird tickets (available until 14 January) £75