Useful organisations and websites
Age of Creativity - a great resource for ongoing projects involving older people and an organisation with which we have strong links
Alzheimer’s Society For detailed information about dementia, services and resources visit this comprehensive website.
The Social Care Institute of Excellence has excellent resources about dementia including a short on line course. These can be accessed via their website.
Wisdem, a global resource that focuses on non pharmacological interventions, evaluation methodology, technology and environmental design. We hope you will use and contribute to Wisdem.
Association of Dementia Studies, Worcester aim to make a substantial contribution to building evidence-based practical ways of working with people living with dementia and their families that enables them to live well through research, education and scholarship.
Bradford Dementia Group at Bradford University provide a very wide range of high quality education and professional development courses at diploma, degree and post graduate levels in dementia care and Dementia Care Mapping.
DSDC Stirling is the first established and the largest of the Dementia Services Development Centres, offering a wealth of education and training in dementia, consultancy, publications and a library. Although worth a visit since the Iris Murdoch Centre where the DSDC is based in the university grounds incorporates may aspects of dementia friendly design, it’s mostly all available on line…and there is even a glimpse of the lovely Ochil Hills that beyond the lovely walled garden complete with Christophe Grillet’s sculptures.
The European Reminiscence Network aims to promote best practice in reminiscence work and to share experience across national frontiers. Co-ordinated since 1993 by Pam Schweitzer the network has 20 international members
Training and an Apprenticeship scheme in Reminiscence Arts in Dementia Care is available for arts practitioners, community arts workers, occupational and arts therapists, group workers, reminiscence practitioners, staff from health and social care services who are interested and/or experienced in positive approaches to dementia care. It is run in partnership with the University of Greenwich and the University of Bradford.
Contact Irma Partanen, c/o Drama Department, The Old Baths, Woolwich, SE18 6QX indicating your interest in the training course or your interest in and availability for the training course and apprenticeship scheme, enclosing CV.
The Museum of Oxford is the only gallery dedicated to the history of the City and University and offers a range of heritage learning programmes, reminiscence events and gallery exhibitions. To find out more, visit www.oxford.gov.uk/
museumofoxford or follow the Museum on Twitter @MuseumofOxford Interested in organising your event or filming in Oxford? All bookings for Oxford's city centre spaces and parks are managed by the Culture Team. For more details, visit www.oxford.gov.uk/events We host Events Surgeries every Tuesday in the Town Hall from so you can discuss your plans, questions and application with the Events Officer, who has detailed knowledge of our spaces and all the relevant licensing requirements. For dates and times, visit www.oxford.gov.uk/
We have begun assembling our virtual bookshelf on dementia and the arts with a few books, reports and government publications and we shall be adding to it over time. Send us your recommendations with a few lines why it’s on your shelf (or stored on your computer so a web link please)
Tom Kitwood (1997) Dementia Reconsidered The person comes first, Open University Press. Tom Kitwood’s contribution to our understanding of dementia remains seminal and put hope back in the lexicon of care practice. Essential reading for artists and others requires time but rewards by being your guide to how to see dementia and to be with people with dementia.
Dawn Brooker (2007) Person centred Dementia Care an excellent text that is a succinct and readable account of the foundations of person centred care and improving care practice Jessica Kingsley.
Journal of Dementia Care – the foremost journal in the field is published 6 times a year. For subscription details go to http://www.careinfo.org/journal-of-dementia-care/
John Zeisel (2010) I’m still here Piatkus A building block in arts and dementia from the other side of the pond. Set aside some understandable qualms about the Americanism that is Alzheimer’s rather than dementia and at times the tone of this text and you have some excellent examples of the author’s work and models of practice that have their counterparts in the UK and elsewhere.
Jill Hayes with Sarah Povey The Creative Arts in Dementia Care Practice Person Centred Approaches and Ideas. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
John Killick and Claire Craig - Such a great book for explaining the field and giving a clear tour.
Arts and Dementia Conference Oxford 2011
In 2011 we ran our first national arts and dementia conference in Oxford. It was very positively evaluated by over 150 delegates who attended. We have conference presentations to offer from many of the presenters.
Creative Dementia Arts Network; Connections and Collaborations Conference, London 2012
Arts Engagement with Older People and Families
The Audience Agency (formerly Audiences London Plus) produced Arts Engagement with Older People and Families in 2011. A useful resource, the publication features twelve of the latest arts engagement projects working with older people and families in London. These projects have all taken an exploratory approach to connecting with people through engagement with the arts and received funding from Arts Council England.
A free download is available from their PDF resource
In 2012 we were at the Albany running the Connections and Collaborations conference. Again those attending were very positive about the quality of the workshops and some images from the event show as much including our finishing with a tea dance in the main auditorium which one delegate suggested setting a new and very high standard in conference endings.
DanceMoves is passionate about dance and movement making a real difference for those living with dementia and dementia care, incorporating the therapeutic values of integration & inclusion, imagination & creativity and body work & dance. Becoming a part of a group of dancers, whose different life experiences are accepted and calibrated into meaningful communication and conversations, achieved through dancing and socialising together, allows all participants an enhanced sense of physical, social and mental well-being.
The point of the group was to create a regular slot of space and time where people living with dementia could experience relief from some of the inhibiting conditions of dementia, and where their carers – families, friends or professionals, could experience a more creative relationship with those they care for. Supported by the dance artist, and the DanceMoves volunteers, both could enjoy meeting and dancing with dance enthusiasts who whilst not living directly with dementia, have a compassionate interest in it.
Taking ample time to be imaginative and playful with personal narratives, voice and body, we created dances together, and we enjoyed dancing joyfully and full-heartedly together. Inhibitions shifted and calibrated so that together, we could be more present in the moment, our differences could be accepted, we could develop relationships with one another, and we could increase our sense of well-being and confidence.
To watch a film about dancing for Dementia follow the link "MOMENT"