Online course

Dementia and the Arts: Sharing Practice, Developing Understanding and Enhancing Lives

Explore, challenge and shape your perceptions of dementia through science and the creative arts

Dementia and the Arts: Sharing Practice, Developing Understanding and Enhancing Lives

Why join the course?

Creating a society that supports and includes those of us who are living with a dementia is a major challenge - and opportunity. In this course you will discover how the arts can create a common ground between people, and in doing so, learn what we can all do to improve the quality of life and care for people living with different dementias.

Each of the four weeks will showcase current best practice, explain the limits of our current understanding, and set ambitious goals for enhancing the lives of anyone affected by one of these conditions.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 15 secondsHello my name is Sebastian Crutch and I'm a neuropsychologist directing the Created Out of Mind research residency team here at The Hub at Wellcome Collection. This online course about dementia and the arts aims to enrich, explore, and challenge perceptions of the dementias through a combination of science and the creative arts. The course, and everything you'll learn within it, is designed to reaffirm the value of people with dementia and their experiences, and to demonstrate the power of the arts to communicate both the experience and biology of the dementias. During the four weeks of this course, you will learn from people living with different dementias, from experienced artists and practitioners, and from clinicians, scientists, and policymakers.

Skip to 0 minutes and 58 secondsThrough videos, interviews, and reading, these contributors are keen to showcase current best practice, to explain the limits of our current understanding, and to set ambitious goals for enhancing the lives of anyone affected by one of these conditions. The course tries to represent a broad range of views, but in creating the content, we have been particularly motivated to highlight the value and importance of in-the-moment experiences. We talk of the arts not as things to be done to people, but with and for people.

Skip to 1 minute and 28 secondsAnd even if you don't feel you have an artistic bone in your body, we think some of the examples of connecting, sharing, and creating with people living with dementia that you will see can challenge our views of the role of the arts in all of our lives. So whether you live with dementia yourself, are helping to care for or support someone who is, are an artist or practitioner currently working or thinking about working in the dementia and arts field, or are a student, scientist, or commissioner trying to understand the role of arts based practice in dementia care, we hope this course will enrich and shape your own perceptions of the dementias.

What topics will you cover?

  • Seeing the dementias differently through the arts and seeing the arts differently through the dementias
  • How can moments be understood, experienced and measured?
  • Creating Common Ground: The arts, equality and dementia
  • Language & Communication: How can we change the conversation?

Who is this accredited by?

Royal Society for Public Health: This course is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and is recognised by its CPD recognition scheme. Learners who choose to upgrade will earn 8 CPD points on successful completion.

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
    This course started 19 November 2018

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explore the emerging landscape for dementias and the arts in which artistic and cultural interventions are now being acknowledged
  • Reflect upon a variety of arts-based communication strategies that can be employed to engage with people living with dementias
  • Develop a qualitative appreciation of the value of ‘in the moment’ experiences
  • Reflect upon the worth of scientific research in bridging clinical sciences and arts-based practices to further our ability to care for people living with dementias
  • Describe the value of creating common ground, and the associated importance of shared experiences, co-creativity and equality
  • Investigate the role of language and communication on the perception of dementias
  • Apply knowledge to model a broader understanding of the lived experiences of people living with dementias

Who is the course for?

Drawing on the work of the Created Out of Mind project during its residency at the Wellcome Collection, this course will enrich your perceptions of the dementias and the diverse role of the arts in all our lives.

Whether you are living with a dementia, helping to care or support someone who is, are an artist or healthcare practitioner currently working or thinking about working in the dementia and arts field, or a student, researcher or commissioner trying to understand the role of arts-based practices in dementia care, we hope this course will shape and enrich your own perceptions of the dementias.

Who will you learn with?

Sebastian Crutch

Seb Crutch is Professor of Neuropsychology at the Dementia Research Centre, UCL Institute of Neurology, & Director of the Created Out of Mind dementia & arts residency at The Hub, Wellcome Collection.

Charles Harrison

Charles Harrison is Resident Artist at Created Out of Mind, the dementia and arts research residency at The Hub, Wellcome Collection.

Who developed the course?

UCL was founded in 1826. It was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, and the first to open up university education to those previously excluded from it.

Created Out of Mind is a team aiming to explore, challenge and shape perceptions and understanding of dementias through science and the creative arts.

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