£2.3m to expand dance-based health initiative

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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

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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.

A new dawn of dance

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23 Feb 2017

What’s behind the current rise in interest in dance for older people? Hannah Osmond has been finding out.

Emotional responses to music

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16 Feb 2017

Manchester Camerata’s work with people with dementia recently took its musicians to Tokyo to deliver training. Lucy Geddes reveals what they shared and what they learned.

Facing the noisy outside world

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17 Nov 2016

West Yorkshire Playhouse’s commitment to dementia-friendly theatre has enhanced Barney Bardsley faith in humanity. She reveals how it came about.

Benefits of dance for older people not fully appreciated, report says

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11 Nov 2016

Older people’s dance classes encourage long-term engagement, but artists face challenges developing relationships with doctors, a survey has found.

Never too old to dance

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27 Oct 2016

Age shouldn’t be a barrier to dancing or performing, says Vicky Thornton. She shares the story of DANCE SIX-0, a contemporary dance company for the over 60s in Salisbury.

Museum’s dementia care training to be rolled out across the UK

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02 Sep 2016

A pilot programme by National Museums Liverpool has successfully used drama to train health care professionals to support people to live well with dementia.

Arts Council England launches new strategic funds

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21 Jul 2016

Three new funds will help arts organisations become more resilient and more accessible to older people.

Guide offers blueprint for dementia friendly performances

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18 May 2016

Two years after hosting its first dementia friendly performance, West Yorkshire Playhouse has released a best-practice guide to putting on similar shows.

Still invited to the party

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14 Apr 2016

How can you attend a festival if you can’t leave your house? Michael Eades describes a project bringing the festival experience to people with dementia.

The power of performance

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10 Mar 2016

Dance offers older people many physical and social benefits, but performing to an audience makes the greatest impact on wellbeing, believes Jemma Bicknell.

Barriers to arts engagement deter older people, survey finds

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19 Jan 2016

Physical access and social isolation emerge as key factors linked to a decline in arts engagement among older people.

Arts sector encouraged to become dementia-friendly

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06 Nov 2015

A new guide, published by the Alzheimer’s Society, provides practical advice to arts organisations seeking to make their buildings and artistic offering more suited to those with dementia.

Working together with older people

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08 Oct 2015

Anne Gallacher describes the impact of an ongoing relationship between Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival, and Age Scotland.

Never too old

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08 Oct 2015

When Jim Mulligan joined Spare Tyre's workshops for older people, little did he know that he would go on to write four plays for the company and become a trustee.

Long live creative living

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08 Oct 2015

Susan Jones explains how innovative arts housing can enable older people to express themselves creatively late into life.

Tentative steps forwards

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08 Oct 2015

How many older people do you expect to see in a contemporary art gallery? Clare Hankinson tells how Fabrica’s older audience programmes welcomed over 1,000 people last year.

Extravagant acts

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07 Oct 2015

Daycare centres may not be grand venues, but that doesn’t mean art events staged in them should not be ambitious, says Paul Clark.

Reaching the huge numbers

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07 Oct 2015

Older people want to be part of an intergenerational community not a ‘crinklies camp’. Stephanie Fuller shares this and other tips on how to reach out to older audiences.

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