Reawakening the Mind

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Franklin Gould V

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Arts 4 Dementia

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Reawakening the Mind reports findings from A4D’s landmark pilot programme London Arts Challenge in 2012 (LAC) at arts venues around the capital – part of the London 2012 Inspire programme – Reawakening the Mind responds to the prime minister’s Dementia Challenge to make a real difference to the lives of people with dementia, their families and carers.

LAC comprised 17 weekly projects, lasting three to ten weeks, across a range ofart forms, and ran from February 2012 to March 2013. Using quantitative and qualitative data from the projects, this report assesses the efficacy of each arts activity on dementia type, in improving cognitive function and wellbeing for people in the early stages of dementia and carers, and enabling them to access creative skills and interact in constructive endeavour. It also shows the positive impact on carers.

The evaluation aimed to explore the following:

How significant is the inspirational setting, creative challenge and mixing with other families facing a dementia diagnosis?

Whether participants recognised that their creative skills were still vibrant, that they were able to revive or develop new skills?

Whether they felt better, more confident, energetic, keener to socialise?

How effective each art activity was for people with different dementias

Whether the cognitive stimulation had a significant effect.

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Context: Community

Participant Group: Specific Physical Health Condition

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Franklin Gould,V. (2013). Reawakening the Mind. UK: Arts 4 Dementia.