Tuesday, 04 September 2012
An exhibition of photographs challenging stereotypical views of people with dementia has gone on display at The Hive.
The exhibition, organised by the University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies, will be on display until September 22nd, and is part of a larger series of images that photographer Cathy Greenblat hopes will help viewers seek ways to make loving care and laughter more frequent, and will help to reduce the fear and stigma that surround dementia.
The exhibition, titled ‘Arts, Hearts and Minds’, is taking place during the first World Alzheimer's Month with awareness-raising activities across the world taking place over 30 days. September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day when the coordinated international effort reaches its peak.
In Worcester, in addition to this exhibition, the Association for Dementia Studies and the Society for the Arts in Dementia Care in Canada, have organised a one day colloquium and exhibition - Voices and vision in creative therapies in dementia. This is being held on Thursday of this week at The Hive.
Professor Dawn Brooker, Director of the Association for Dementia Studies, said: “We are very pleased to welcome both this event and the exhibition to The Hive. More and more people are living with dementia and although we have no cure, studies show that creative expression programmes can reduce depression and agitation and improves the quality of life of people living with dementia and their families.”
Dr Dalia Gottlieb-Tanaka, founder of the Society for the Arts in Dementia Care in British Columbia, added: “We are pleased that people have the opportunity to meet and network and hear speakers discuss the importance of personhood and creative therapies to the lives of people living with dementia.”