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Drawing Memories: A fun and creative activity for people with dementia

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Friday, March 29, 2019 - 14:00 to 15:00

This presentation involves a creative arts workshop aimed at promoting a sense of wellbeing and connection for people with dementia and their carers. Participants will be introduced to the concept of drawing as a vehicle of self-expression and a way to find voice through a non-verbal medium. 
Drawing is mankind’s most basic form of communication – a primal, universal language, yet is often discouraged as a meaningless activity. This is particularly evident in our senior population, many being denied the opportunity to explore creativity beyond their childhood years. This presentation will demonstrate the latent abilities of the elderly and the creative opportunities available to support people to live well with dementia.

The 1 x hour workshop will explore two drawing exercises that involve visual and audio prompts that help inspire and motivate people with diverse physical and cognitive abilities. The activities are sourced from the presenter’s research study ‘Drawing Memories’ -- a professionally designed program for people with dementia that was trialled in two residential and community aged care services in the Hunter Region, NSW in 2012. 

No prior artistic experience or skill is needed to attend this innovative, challenging and enjoyable workshop. Participants will be able to take home their drawings, along with a drawing activity and information on how to implement regular creativity into their daily life.
Through a variety of researched tools, activities and media, this workshop will provide stimulating activities for the mind and a calming space to learn new skills, make independent choices and experience a sense of achievement through drawing.

Questions or Contact?

Contact Kara who’ll assist you with any enquiry:

Phone: 1300 336 488 

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