Project information

Creative Ageing: supporting people with dementia

Equal Arts will work with 90 older people and care staff in three care homes in Gateshead and in the local community developing creative projects in music, film and movement to support people with dementia by giving them a chance to get involved in new things, keep them interested and active.

April 2011 - March 2012

Charity information

Equal Arts

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  • Need


    Older people in residential/nursing care are in many ways society's most excluded group. Up to 50% have clinically severe depression. By 2015 the number of people living with dementia in Gateshead will increase by 14% to 2,600.

    Studies indicate that care home residents spend only 3% of their time in constructive activity. We want to provide opportunities for participation that will support their emotional and creative needs in order to improve their quality of life and wellbeing.


    We will work with professional artists who are experienced in working with vulnerable older people and particularly those with dementia. We will develop and run projects in the three care homes that are tailored to the needs and interests of the residents and encourage their partners and families to become involved.

    Workshops will take place on a weekly basis over the course of a year. Care staff will be encouraged to participate and to continue to support creative activity between sessions.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    to help combat the isolation of older people through participatory arts projects


    » Provide creative activities that they can participate in with their carers and families

    Aim 2

    to work with partners to raise the status of the field


    » We aim to set high standards of good practice in arts and dementia and will disseminate the outcomes through partners and networks
    » Demonstrate the benefits of creative activity to managers and staff working in the care sector.

    Aim 3

    to support and train artists to ensure good practice


    » By supporting the artists facilitating the project in developing good practice, and providing opportunities for others wishing to work in the field.

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  • Why Us?

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