Even when the memory and senses fail, people with dementia may experience the joy of creativity through watercolour painting. This is the liberating message of Barbara Davison and Barbara Potter's inspiring Sefton Art Project. In The Hen that Laid the Golden Omelette, the outline the philosophy and techniques that evolved during their ten years of assisting people with dementia to express themselves in watercolour. Illustrated with the exuberant and often moving images of the artists themselves, this book challenges the assumption that people with dementia can no longer live productive lives and offers practical advice to those who may follow in their path.
A Creative Toolkit for Communication in Dementia Care
Reviews.."...As a person with dementia I know many of my peers will lose the ability to verbally communicate, but that does not mean we lose our intelligence. It is pleasing to know that the importance of non-verbal language is highlighted in this book. Ignorance, social isolation and boredom are issues we face. But by following the great advice in this book you will have the necessary toolkit to give people every opportunity to communicate and take part in worthwhile physical and mental activities that will bring hours of enjoyment for the person with dementia and, just as importantly, you the carer.' - Tommy Dunne, person living with dementia.
'A Creative Toolkit for Communication in Dementia Care is a valuable resource for caregivers. You'll learn important tips for connecting and better communication with someone who has dementia. The book is inspirational, practical and educational. It demonstrates how creative communications in caregiving can support the well-being of people with dementia.'
Providing people with dementia with opportunities to engage in creative activity can play a crucial role in maintaining and enhancing communication, and in reinforcing personhood and identity. This thoughtful book describes how people with dementia, and the people who work with and care for them, can foster and develop a creative approach, and provides rich and varied ideas for creative activities. The authors explore the concept of creativity - what exactly it is,its particular relevance for people with dementia and how to get into the creative 'flow'. They introduce a range of creative art forms, including poetry and story-telling, collage, drama, music making, photography, textiles and working with wood and metal, and suggest possibilities for employing them in a range of settings, and with people of all abilities. consideration is given to the practicalities of facilitating such creative work,including how to organise and run sessions, how to involvepeople with dementia and their carers, and how to reflect upon the experience. Practice examples are included throughout the book, as well as the comments and observations of people with dementia, and many examples of the artwork and poetry the authors have created with people with dementia over the years.
The brain-stimulating approach known as Therapeutic Thematic Arts Programming (TTAP) has a proven record of improving the lives of people with dementia by increasing their engagement and functioning. Activities using the TTAP method can provide significant stimulation and integration of multiple brain regions; enjoyment, engagement, creativity, relaxation, and a sense of purpose for people with even advanced dementia. It has anan easy-to-follow framework that allows infinite variations on themes and personal interests; complete documentation for tracking and evaluation; opportunities for one-on-one or group programming...
One of the great problems of dementia is the social isolation it causes. Social inclusion and shared experiences with open and accepting colleagues and friends are essential to a happy life. More so if that life involves dementia. That is why this initiative involving Men’s Sheds and dementia is so welcome.