Experiences of Being Report

Posted in: News on November 6, 2017

We are pleased to launch our Experiences of Being Report, which shows the positive effect of using drama, music and dance in care homes to help people living with dementia.

We have worked with Anchor, England's largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for older people, and for six months they incorporated the workshops into their dementia care, offering the sessions at 17 of their care homes in Surrey with over 200 residents benefitting from the scheme. With many proven benefits, all participating homes have since introduced the workshops to the list of activities full-time.

With research from Dementia UK showing that one in three people born in the UK will develop dementia in their lifetime, the study was commissioned in response to the need to improve the quality of life for those living with the condition. The study found that creative activities can soothe and stimulate at the same time, bring back memories from the past, and help to engage underused but still active areas of the brain. The benefits included improved wellbeing and an increased quality of life. Positively impacting mental health, the workshops strengthened the self-esteem and self-confidence of residents. While musical activities helped improve cognitive ability and memory recall. On a physical note, the sessions inspired increased movement and physical exercise from residents through the encouragement of dance or subtle actions with hands or feet.

If you would like any further information regarding this innovative work then please contact us.

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