The Storybox Project

The Storybox Project

The Storybox Project is a creative storymaking project which engages, enlivens and empowers people living with a dementia, alongside the people that support them.

Originally funded as a pilot my Manchester City Council in 2010, it was then developed further through 3 years of funding by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Now it is predominantly a commissioned project, working with CCGs, public health teams, and individual care-homes.

Drawing Life

Life Drawing Janet Hemsley

DRAWING LIFE aims to bring life drawing classes to people living with dementia and to exhibit selected work in public galleries.  An unanticipated consequence has been the positive effect the classes have had on carers.  The act of drawing has offered new ways for carers to communicate with and respect participants.    

The impact of art-viewing and museum object handling on the subjective wellbeing of people with dementia and their carers

The Beaney logo

Previous research indicates art-viewing and museum object handling are effective in increasing subjective wellbeing for people with a range of health conditions.  People with dementia and their carers attended a two-hour session at the museum comprising two art-based activities (art-viewing and object-handling) and a social activity in the form of a refreshment break.  They completed subjective wellbeing measures before and after each activity.  These were five rating scales ranging from 0-100 indicating how happy/unhappy, well/unwell, interested/not interested, confident/not

While the Music Lasts: on music & dementia

Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, the Netherlands; University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna; University of Goettingen in Germany

This book on the challenging topic ‘Music and Dementia’, describes recent research into the innovatory practice of ‘Music for Life’, a project managed by Wigmore Hall in London. Through engaging in music as a participatory process, its goal is to make the person behind the dementia visible again. The book explores the interaction between music and dementia through the stories of people who have been working closely together: three musicians, eight women living with dementia, five caregivers, a staff development practitioner, a project coordinator and three scientific observers.

Sustaining the note of hope: music, dementia and meaningful lives

National Alliance for Arts, Health & Wellbeing; Rayne Foundation

Report from the ‘Music & Dementia’ seminar, 18 November 2013, hosted by The Rayne Foundation and the National Alliance for Arts Health & Wellbeing.

The report draws on the presentations, discussions and stories from a creative multidisciplinary seminar in order to:

Research: Arts therapies and dementia care

Art therapies and dementia care: A Systematic review, by Renee L Beard, September 2011. Published by Sage Publications.

“Despite steadfast interest in the use of arts therapies (ATs) with individuals who have dementia of the Alzheimer’s type (DAT), a systematic review of the literature has not been conducted. This paper aims to critique this evidence base, including music, visual arts, drama, and dance/movement therapies between the years 1990 and 2010, and make suggestions on how it can be strengthened.”

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Dementia 2012: A national challenge

Alzheimer's Society

Alzheimer's Society has launched its latest report exploring how well people are living with dementia in 2012 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Dementia 2012: A national challenge presents new evidence on the experiences of people with dementia, and pulls together existing evidence, statistics and policy from a range of sources. These figures will be updated on an annual basis by Alzheimer's Society.

Enhancing the Healing Environment - Developing supportive design for people with dementia

The design of the built environment can significantly help in compensating for the sensory loss and cognitive impairment associated with dementia, as well as supporting the continued independence of people in hospital who have dementia.

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