Creative Solutions Dementia Pilot Program

The Creative Solutions program is a series of workshops that focuses on art, music and mindfulness therapies to support people with early onset dementia or people at risk of acquiring dementia.

The aim of the program is to:

  • Build a sense of connection for people with early onset dementia or at risk of acquiring dementia by encouraging conversation and memory recall, increasing confidence and using motor skills
  • Create an inclusive community for people living with dementia to actively participate in community life
  • Create a sense of belonging for people with early onset dementia in the Denmark community
  • Support people with early onset dementia to help reduce social isolation
  • Raise community awareness of dementia to reduce the stigma associated with dementia
  • Support our aging community to remain more mentally active to reduce the likelihood of developing dementia related illness

Date: Thursdays, 26 May 2022 to 30 June 2022

Duration: Six weeks

Cost: $5 per session or $30 for six weeks

Criteria: Person aged aged 50+ but opened to anyone who has been diagnosed with early onset dementia or a risk of developing dementia.

ACTIVITY

START TIME

FINISH

TIME

FACILITATOR

Welcome & Morning Tea

9:15

9:30

 

Mindfulness

9:30

10:00

Freedom Physio

Music

10:00

11:00

David Rastrick

Art Expression

11:00

11:45

Denmark Arts Club

Session Close

Evaluations and Feedback

11:45

12:00

 

About the program:

Mindfulness

This workshop is facilitated by Freedom Physio and focuses on mindfulness and gentle flow movements.

Key benefits:

The practice of mindfulness can have many positive benefits.  It can help the person to stop worrying about being forgetful or confused but to focus on what they can do now and focus on breathing as a relaxation technique and a distraction.

Mindfulness can also be beneficial to the caregivers by assisting them to cope with the emotional and physical tolls associated with caring for someone with dementia.

Music

The music workshop is facilitated by David Rastrick and focuses on music as a creative outlet for self-expression. This may include playing percussion instruments, clapping and foot-tapping, group singing and chair dancing.

Key benefits:

Moving to music has been found to improve circulation and body/posture awareness, increase alertness and eye contact, and provide cognitive stimulation. Group singing not only stimulates memory but can also create a sense of belonging that can combat isolation and depression. For people living with dementia, music reaches different parts of the brain and often activates engagement and an emotional response. It is often the case with disengaged people with dementia, they will tap their feet or even join in the singing when they hear a familiar tune.

Art Expression

The workshop is facilitated by Denmark Art Club and is based on the Artful: Art and Dementia toolkit created by Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA). The workshop will feature artmaking activities that focuses on Paint to Music theme.

Key benefits:

The activities can help with building a sense of connection, encouraging conversation, encouraging memory recall, increasing confidence, using motor skills and providing stimulation.

For more information, please contact Denmark Community Resource Centre on (08) 9848 2842 or reception@denmarkcrc.com.au