Reading up on dementia

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01 Nov 2018

In Wales, people living with dementia, and their carers, are being offered fiction as well as self-help books to help them manage the condition, explains Debbie Hicks.

Expansion of social prescribing promised in loneliness strategy

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19 Oct 2018

Arts Council England has been instructed to fund arts and health projects and share best practice.

A proud partner of health

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18 Oct 2018

A popular dance-based falls prevention programme offers effective treatment on the NHS, with a growing network of local groups helping older people maintain the benefits afterwards. Tim Joss tells the story.

Origins and ripples

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18 Oct 2018

London Bubble’s Creative Elders programme has encouraged residents in sheltered housing units to socialise, be creative – and perform in public, says Helena Rice.

Creative ageing: a flourishing field

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11 Oct 2018

There has been a dramatic expansion in the number of organisations supporting arts activities by and for older people in the UK - but more still is needed, says David Cutler.

A snapshot of older audiences

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11 Oct 2018

What are the characteristics, interests and motivations of the over-65 demographic? Lucie Fitton reveals all.

How does it feel to have dementia?

Created out of Mind
11 Oct 2018

The arts have helped scientists gain a better understanding of how it actually feels like to live with dementia. Julian West shares his experience of a research project based on ‘co-creativity’.

Parlour games

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11 Oct 2018

When a shabby Victorian hall in Greenwich opened its doors to the public several years ago, no one could have predicted how important it would become to supporting social connections among the over-60s, says Daniel Bernstein.

A musical partnership for dementia care

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11 Oct 2018

Players in Stratford's Orchestra of the Swan are trained by charity Mindsong to provide music sessions in care homes. Sue Pope explains how the programme supports wellbeing.

Dancing to South Asian rhythms

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11 Oct 2018

Older adults living with chronic health conditions are improving their physical and mental wellbeing through the joy of South Asian dance, writes Claire Farmer.

The circus comes to hospital

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12 Sep 2018

A circus artist helped older people and children develop their confidence and communicaton skills in workshops at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, writes Emma Gladstone.

Arts help deliver person-centred care for older people

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11 May 2018

An evaluation of a £1m programme connecting arts organisations and care homes found much more needs to be done to extend the reach of quality arts for older people.

Arts are best way to boost wellbeing in later life

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04 May 2018

Age UK has called on arts organisations to become more accessible to older people, and on national funders to make ‘age-friendly practice’ a requirement of culture funding.

Participatory arts projects empower care home residents

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06 Dec 2017

A two-year project across 20% of Welsh care homes found statistically significant improvements to wellbeing and staff perceptions of residents.

New £500k dance project to tackle inactivity in older people

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06 Oct 2017

The project marks a change in strategy for funder Sport England, which had signalled its willingness to consider how dance could tackle inactivity.

Arts organisations encouraged to engage older audiences

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11 Aug 2017

New ‘Age-Friendly Standards’ launched by the Family Arts Campaign aim to complement existing standards for welcoming families.

Community integration in south London

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21 Jul 2017

Félicie Kertudo tells how she visited the South London Gallery to find out more about how it involves the local community in a range of inclusive projects.

Arts and science combine for dementia care

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15 Jun 2017

A new study looking at the benefits of visual art activities for people living with dementia should provide the evidence that decision-makers need, say Teri Howson-Griffiths and Gill Windle.

£2.3m to expand dance-based health initiative

Dancing in time session
11 May 2017

1,000 older people will benefit from the extension of a ‘Dance to Health’ programme involving arts partners including Yorkshire Dance and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

£3m to engage older people in the arts

Photo of singing session for people living with dementia
02 Mar 2017

16 cultural organisations have been awarded funding by Arts Council England to create work for and with people over 75 years old.

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