The Dementia and the Arts infographic was developed by Arts Health Network Canada in 2015. It is intended to introduce the benefits of arts engagement for people with Dementia and their caregivers. People working in the field can use the infographic as a tool to help explain their work, while situating it within the broader field. We also hope that it can be shared widely among the public to help promote this growing movement.
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A printer-friendly version of the infographic is available here.
LET’S TALK ABOUT IT!
We acknowledge that this infographic only presents a high-level view of Arts & Dementia and barely scratches the surface of the research in this area. If you have questions, comments or thoughts to share, please do so by contributing to the discussion we have started on our Linked-In group. There is no doubt much to share and learn from one another and as the national Network on arts and health in Canada we are delighted to be creating the space for these types of dialogues.
To learn more about Arts for Dementia, check out these key papers and resources:
- The National Endowment for the Arts. (2013) The Arts & Aging: Building the Science. Washington, DC.
- Castora-Binkley, M., Noelker, L., Prohaska, T., & Satariano, W. (2010). Impact of Arts Participation on Health Outcomes for Older Adults. Journal of Aging, Humanities, and the Arts, 4(4), 352–367.
- Mental Health Foundation. (2011) An Evidence Review of the Impact of Participatory Arts on Older People. Edinburgh, Scotland
- De Medeiros, K., & Basting, A. (2014). “Shall I compare thee to a dose of donepezil?” Cultural arts interventions in dementia care research. The Gerontologist, 54(3), 344–53.
- Vella-burrows, T., & Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health. (2012). Singing and people with Dementia
- Sung, H.-C., & Chang, A. M. (2005). Use of preferred music to decrease agitated behaviours in older people with dementia: a review of the literature. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 14(9), 1133–40.
- Cowl, A. L., & Gaugler, J. E. (2014). Efficacy of Creative Arts Therapy in Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: A Systematic Literature Review.
The Arts Health BC Literature Repository on Mendeley includes 1000+ arts & health research citations, many specific to older adults. Sign up for a free Mendeley account, follow the group, download the desktop application and do a key word search for “dementia”, “Alzheimer’s” or “creative aging”.