Alzheimer Europe Conference 2022 #32AEC, P04. Arts and culture

00:00 Introductory comments by Chairperson: Jurn Verschraegen (Belgium)
01:30 (P04-01) Dementia in Cultural Mediation:Improving quality of life through arts and culture

Olivier Constant - Flanders Centre of Expertise on Dementia (Expertisecentrum Dementie Vlaanderen), Belgium
'Dementia in Cultural Mediation’ is a transnational project driven by the increasing number of people living with dementia in Europe. The initiative is based on the great potential of cultural and artistic activities as an innovative and dynamic approach to achieve social inclusion of people with dementia in local communities and to improve their quality of life. The involved partners from Belgium, Denmark, Spain and The Netherlands* have a clear ambition: reaching out to and engaging local and regional cultural institutions, health and social authorities and end-user groups that want to embrace dementia in a more holistic way through cultural activities in order to create more dementia-inclusive communities.

13:16 (P04-02) Creativity and relational support: using a remote, arts-based intervention to enhance the care of people with dementia.

Victoria Tischler - University of Exeter, United Kingdom
Background: People living with dementia in care homes were severely negatively impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. High rates of mortality, levels of social isolation, loneliness and responsive behaviours increased as all external visiting ceased, including visits from creative practitioners providing enrichment activities. The Culture Box project responded by providing interactive creative activities for use by resident and care staff dyads.

32:43 (P04-03) The use of photovoice and photo-elicitation in couples living with dementia and multiple health conditions: lessons learned and key benefits
Rosie Dunn - University of Hull, United Kingdom
Background: In qualitative research, interviews and observation methods are often used to research the lives of people with dementia (PwD). However, as PwD often experience difficulties in memory, language and thinking, these methods are not always suitable and can be prohibitive. Photovoice is a method that allows participants to capture their experiences by taking photographs over a period of time. Photo-elicitation is a method used to aid discussion in an interview. These methods may enhance the quality of data collection by giving participants the power to share their experiences that may not otherwise be possible through other methods.

46:45 (P04-04) Designing an emotional game between older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and their grandchildren: «Grandpa and Grandma let’s play!»

Marianna Tsatali - Alzheimer Hellas, Greece
Aim: Intergeneration activities constitute useful ways of communication across generations, contributing to the understanding of the elderly experience as it can be transmitted through joint actions they can perform with their grandchildren. In addition, reciprocity as well as the improvement of the way the older adults and school children communicate through music are also intended.

59:02 (P04-05) Neighbourhood Culture: finding vitality and new friends through cultural encounters

Päivi Niinistö-Mäkinen - Etelä-Pohjanmaan Muistiyhdistys, Finland
Neighbourhood Culture project was launched in 2018 to create a specific model that will increase the health and well-being of older people by offering regular group meetings focusing on arts and culture.
Aim: The aim in Neighbourhood Culture activities is to reduce loneliness and increase the health and well-being of older people living at home. Regular Neighbourhood Culture group meetings focusing on arts and culture are held as near to participants home as possible, e.g. in the housing association clubroom. Through this group activities the main aim is to prevent older people from developing memory problems.
Methods: Neighbourhood Culture is a group activity scheme weighted towards arts and culture. The timetable and content for the activities of each group are customised according to participants’ wishes. The activities and content are designed according to the age and functional capacity of the participants. There is a health aspect to this: encouraging everyone to enjoy the health and functional capacity that they have and drawing on the strengths that participants have. Each group is chaired by a professional, a peer facilitator or a volunteer.

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