Art & Dementia

Tuesdays, 10am, 7 Jul / 4 Aug / 1 Sep / 6 Oct

Free - bookings essential

Incinerator Gallery

Gentle conversations about art and life at the Incinerator Gallery

This program provides people living with early onset dementia or mild cognitive impairment an opportunity – alongside their carer – to connect with the world in enriching and life-enhancing ways.

Free – bookings essential

On arrival participants will have an opportunity to orient themselves in the space, socialize and make themselves comfortable. A gallery volunteer will lead an open conversation about the artworks on display. Then participants will be invited to undertake a simple craft activity. Together participants will enjoy a cuppa and biscuit to reflect and socialise.

This program provides intellectual stimulation and social inclusion, which supports well-being and increased quality of life. People living with dementia often become isolated. Discussions based on works of art allows participants to demonstrate knowledge, engage in interpretation, express emotions and recall memories. Participants have the opportunity to maximise their intellectual capacity in a safe and respectful environment.

This free program aims to:

  • Improve well-being and quality of life through engagement with the visual arts for people with dementia and their carers
  • Provide intellectual stimulation in a socially inclusive environment
  • Reconnect people living with dementia to their sense of identity
  • Build community art and health partnerships to improve the care for people living with dementia
  • Raise awareness of and reduce the social stigma associated with dementia

Art & Dementia runs from 10am to 11.30am on the following Tuesdays in 2020

Light refreshments included

Includes basic materials

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This program is limited to a small group of up to eight people with dementia or mild cognitive impairment and their carers. Carers must stay during the program to take care of any personal issues that may arise.

Program Participation
The focus in this program is for participants to be as involved as they wish, and at their own level. Sometimes this could mean they withdraw from conversations, or do not complete the activity in the suggested way. Please do not be concerned about this, or try to compel the participant into compliance. The program presenter is comfortable with this to give the participant dignity and free-choice.

Incinerator Gallery, while fully accessible has a very small lift, which may be daunting for people unfamiliar with the Gallery.

Groups with professional carers
We recommend a ratio of at least 1 carer per 2 participants, especially when mobility could be a challenge.
We request that professional carers allow participants time to initiate their response to conversations/activities. We are comfortable with the silence. We find, people often need a peaceful moment to gather their thoughts and courage.

The program facilitator looks forward to working with you and will communicate with you regarding any support or advice required.

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