ISBN: 978-952-216-567-1 ISBN: 1796-9972

Finland - International Document

Art and Culture – Keys for Better Brain Health: Developing service models with a citizen-centred approach


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Kivelä S (eds.), Malmivirta H

Year of Publication:
2015

Publisher(s):
Turku University of Applied Sciences

Abstract:

This publication focuses on the TEHU subproject, which is one of five regional subprojects falling within the Pumppu project (Citizen Centric Welfare Services with Multiple Service Providers) in Finland, funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The aim of the Art and Culture – Keys for Better Brain Health research and development work was to create new kinds of service models that promote brain and memory health for the third sector in Finland, in order to complement the services provided by the public sector. Four preventive service models were developed in this part of the project.

Within the wider context of the challenges presented by an ageing population and an increase in memory disorders, the target group of the development activities were 65–75-year-old citizens representing the so-called “third age” who were interested in their brain health and activating their memory function. They were offered a range of participatory art and culture activities, which included visual arts (painting, paper theatre, photographs); drama exercises/personal narratives; movement and dance.

The experiences of participants who took part in participatory art and culture activities were collected via individual interviews, group interviews, diary entries, written feedback from participants, observations of the instructors and video recordings from the group activities. Analysis of this feedback led to the identification of the key components of better brain health. The following keys for promoting brain health were developed in the four service models of the Art and Culture – Keys for Better Brain Health research and development project: Creative thinking, visual perception and visual thinking, reflective thinking, tacit knowledge, mental activity, lifelong learning and social interaction.

The TEHU subproject was led by the Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) Health and Wellbeing Unit, between 01.05.11 and 31.05.2014). Its main goal was to optimise use of all of the regional resources in the welfare and well-being sectors, with a customer-oriented approach.



Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Participant Group: Older Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

APA Citation:

Malmivirta H, Kivelä S (eds.)(2015). Art and Culture – Keys for Better Brain Health: Developing service models with a citizen-centred approach. Turku: Turku University of Applied Sciences.