The arts as a medium for care and self-care in dementia: arguments and evidence

Schneider, Justine M. (2018) The arts as a medium for care and self-care in dementia: arguments and evidence. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15 (6). 1151/1-1151/11. ISSN 1660-4601

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Abstract

The growing prevalence of dementia, combined with an absence of effective pharmacological treatments, highlights the potential of psychosocial interventions to alleviate the effects of dementia and enhance quality of life. With reference to a manifesto from the researcher network Interdem, this paper shows how arts activities correspond to its definition of psycho-social care. It presents key dimensions that help to define different arts activities in this context, and illustrates the arts with reference to three major approaches that can be viewed online; visual art, music and dance. It goes on to discuss the features of each of these arts activities, and to present relevant evidence from systematic reviews on the arts in dementia in general. Developing the analysis into a template for differentiating arts interventions in dementia, the paper goes on to discuss implications for future research and for the uptake of the arts by people with dementia as a means to self-care.

Item Type: Article
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/935566
Additional Information: Special Issue "Mental Health and Social Care and Social Interventions" Editor Jed Boardman
Keywords: arts, dementia, care, self care, music, dance, art gallery
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Social Policy
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15061151
Depositing User: Schneider, Professor Justine
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2018 11:01
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:38
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/52267

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