Little Boxes of Memory: Unpacking Through Performance

Back in November we wrote about the first stage of Entelechy’s Little Boxes of Memory Project (LBM), focusing on the genesis of the boxes and their materials through artistic dialogue with older people with dementia. Nine months on and CDAN has finished its official report on the project, but we feel that the end phase of the project deserves time for reflection as an example of best practice and intergenerational approaches.

Centre of Excellence in Movement, Dance and Dementia

Creative Dementia Arts Network is pleased to note a unique virtual Centre of Excellence has been launched by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust which provides a range of community, mental health and learning disability services to the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.

The Centre is for anyone who works in, or has an interest in, dementia care, and who wants to know more about extending the range of interventions using movement, dance and physical activity to improve the lives of people with dementia. This is a web-based hub that aims to equip healthcare professionals and others working in dementia care with the knowledge and skills necessary to explore and develop the use of movement, dance and physical activity.

TASC - Shots from the Cutting Room

Time And Space Continuum (TASC), hosted and lead by Modern Art Oxford in partnership with CDAN, has expanded and created intergenerational communities through weekly meetings between older people with mild to moderate dementia and younger people between the ages of 13 and 17. With many original LITAS members joining newly recruited older and younger people in film and animation making, Continuum is already achieving much in the promotion of wellbeing and intergenerational communication, and will see a website and toolkit launch in the near future. Pictures can often say more than words, and below you can see how true that's been during weekends in the Project Room: