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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds Our hope in working with in-the-moment experiences is to eventually make an impact on health and social care services and also services that charities offer. I think it’s very easy for people to dismiss a moment because what’s a moment in time? It’s really about the long haul is what most people focus on.

Skip to 0 minutes and 23 seconds But in fact because all of our lives are made up of moments– and particularly for people with dementia, those moments may change quite significantly or they may have moments that go on and on where nothing very much happens– we think by trying to understand those experiences that occur in the moment, whether it’s over the course of an hour or whether it’s between a change in tempo in a song or whether it’s between different types of dance that a person might be engaged in, are really essential to help us understand the lived experience of that person. Sometimes they can’t verbally tell us what they’re experiencing, or their family member sometimes has a hard time describing that experience.

Skip to 1 minute and 3 seconds So for us to be able to gather more research about this and to publish our research, present it to the public, we’re hoping that services will begin to take arts activities more seriously and that there will be more government policy around involving the arts activities in dementia care.

Where can in-the-moment experiences take us?

In this last video of the week watch Prof Paul Camic outline a forward-thinking summary of how investing in in-the-moment experiences can advance the care and wellbeing of people living with dementia.

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