Skip to 0 minutes and 15 seconds Hello 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 seconds Through 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 seconds And 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.