Arts and creative therapies are to be available to people experiencing cognitive decline.
For extra information, evidence and best practice please scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Dementia Wellbeing Plan for Greater Manchester; Dementia United
Mild Cognitive Impairment
Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) - A Guide for the Public: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mudsX6ODwyw&t=4s
Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) - A Guide for the Professionals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_81KxyKhNlw
Information for people diagnosed with MCI in GM: https://dementia-united.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/10/Information-for-people-diagnosed-with-MCI-in-GM.pdf
String of Hearts
Dementia Awareness Community training package
There is growing evidence to suggest that art, music and leisure activities can offer physical and psychological benefits to those living with a dementia and their care partners, benefits which can improve their brain health and help them maintain independence for longer: (https://arts4dementia.org.uk/sp/).
This is why Trafford and Wigan councils have come together with Dementia United and GreaterSport to fund an exciting piece of work which will empower community groups, businesses and leisure providers to support people living with cognitive impairment and dementia in their communities.
The complete training package can be accessed here: www.madebymortals.org/dementia-resource/. This resource includes an immersive audio experience and PDF training materials. Dementia United are currently seeking expressions of interest from localities who would like to work with us to coordinate a train the trainer package for their communities, this will include a 3 to 4-hour workshop hosted by instructors with significant training and dementia experience and individuals who have lived experience of dementia.
Arts 4 Dementia
Music for Dementia
NICE Dementia Guidance
We have provided links to the NICE guideline for dementia and a further link is provided to guidance on how to delay or prevent the onset of dementia.
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) NG16 (2015) Dementia, disability and frailty in later life – mid-life approaches to delay or prevent onset: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng16
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) (2019) Dementia: assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and their carers: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng97
Telephone: Call: 03000 683 000 between the hours of 08:30 – 17:30 Monday to Friday
Playlist for life
Telephone: 0141 404 0683
Resources page: including translation into 10 different languages: https://www.playlistforlife.org.uk/resources/
Living with Dementia Toolkit - downloadable guide
The Guide is available in English and in Welsh. It introduces the toolkit and the resources available. For the full experience of the toolkit, you need to look at the website. QR codes link you back to the website at various points. There is a 'How to use QR codes' video lower down the page.
This can be downloaded here: https://livingwithdementiatoolkit.org.uk/home/living-with-dementia-toolkit-downloadable-guide/
Intergenerational Music Making (IMM)
We work closely with care homes, schools, hospitals, and musicians and creatives, sharing our expertise to deliver and embed a culture of intergenerational practice.
Intergenerational music is all encompassing working with individuals and groups across our communities focussing on bridging the gaps between generations, supporting those living with dementia and their carers. Our work aims to tackle health inequalities and create new spaces where voices can be heard. acknowledged and celebrated. Through music making, song writing, choral singing, art, movement and so much more, we work to provide spaces for people to share their stories, make new connections and adopt creative, accessible ways to support health and wellbeing.
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Shared Harmonies/So many Beauties spoke to 23 different organisations and individuals about the barriers and enablers for people to access culturally appropriate dementia support. They recruited 2 trainees offering them a paid learning experience and helping us to diversify our team in the process. They worked in collaboration with SoundUp Arts, Age UK Salford, Dementia Forward and Touchstone BME Dementia Service Leeds. They delivered 30 singing for wellbeing sessions attended by 123 older people living with dementia, Parkinson’s and respiratory conditions
Formulations in dementia care:
The WHO Health Evidence Synthesis Report on the role of arts (2019), explains A.R.T.S. as multimodal interventions combining multiple health-promoting components, involving aesthetic engagement, the imagination, stimulating experiences, sensory activation, evocation of emotion, learning and cognitive stimulation, as well as social support and interaction and physical activity. These trigger psychological, physiological, social and behavioural responses that address the complex challenges associated with cognitive decline and help build cognitive reserve. A.R.T.S for brain health - social prescribing for dementia report
There is some evidence that keeping our brains active throughout life, and increasing what is known as our cognitive reserve could help to delay the onset of dementia, even in those with underlying changes in their brains. "The aim is to delay the onset of dementia, increasing the amount of time that people can be independent, healthy and active in later life (successful ageing) by: increasing people's resilience, for example by improving their social and emotional wellbeing. " NICE NG16 2015
There is evidence to suggest that music acts as a modifiable protective factor against developing dementia. A study of 157 pairs of twins found that those who played a musical instrument in older adulthood were 36% less likely to develop dementia and cognitive impairment. A range of studies into music and dementia/brain health can be found here
Best Practice Resources
‘We must promote the use of arts as soon as diagnostic tests begin. This will protect against cognitive decline and the strains of dementia and will empower people to preserve cultural interests, especially music, and enjoy quality of life in the community for years longer’ Baroness Greengross, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia
Numerous best practice examples and resources exist to support a range of professional and community organisation in providing creative activities for people living with cognitive impairment.
- Music For Dementia's website hosts a bank of resources to help you bring music into the lives of people living with cognitive impairment and dementia: see resources here
- Playlist for life is a wonderful resource that allows anyone to create tailored playlists: see resources here
- You can find several useful links for carers, people living with dementia and professionals on the Arts 4 Dementia website here
- My house of memories app: allows you to explore objects from the past and share memories together. It can be used by anyone, but has been designed for, and with, people living with dementia and their carers. More information on the website here