Catalyst Awardee

Project Description

Interaction, Dementia and Engagement in Arts for Lifelong Learning (IDEAL)

Dr. Spencer Hazel, Dr. Adam Brandt; Dr. Christopher Leyland; Dr. Anna Goulding | Newcastle University
Competition Sponsor:
UK Research & Innovation
Awardee Year: 2020

Over the past few years, researchers, governments and social enterprises have become increasingly involved in the development of interventions to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia (PwD). Arts activities such as arts & crafts workshops and art gallery guided tours have been identified as one effective way to give PwD a creative outlet, increased agency, and a reinvigorated sense of social identity. However, for the artists and social enterprises running such interventions, there is little available training on how best to communicate with PwD in order to maximise the benefits of these interventions. The IDEAL project will address this through collaborative partnership with Equal Arts and Sunderland Culture, two UK organisations who offer creative ageing workshop programmes to support people living with dementia-related cognitive decline and resulting social isolation.

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View this project poster, first displayed at the 2021 Global Innovator Summit.


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