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

Schneider, Justine M.

Authors

JUSTINE SCHNEIDER justine.schneider@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Mental Health & Social Care



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.

Citation

Schneider, J. 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), https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15061151

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 30, 2018
Publication Date Jun 1, 2018
Deposit Date Jun 7, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jun 7, 2018
Journal International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Electronic ISSN 1660-4601
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 6
Article Number 1151
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15061151
Keywords arts, dementia, care, self care, music, dance, art gallery
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/52267
Publisher URL http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/15/6/1151
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
Additional Information Special Issue "Mental Health and Social Care and Social Interventions" Editor Jed Boardman

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