On Thursday April 14th Rhiannon Davies, Chair of the Brecon Dementia Friendly Group, travelled to Oxford to the Creative Dementia Arts Network Conference. The arts enrich all of our lives, but particularly those of people with dementia. Someone with dementia may have difficulty in remembering names, finding their way and coping with day to day living, but many abilities, including the capacity to respond to music, colour, and texture remain intact and offer an opportunity to communicate when words fail.
Artists, arts organisations and art venues are an integral part of communities and offer opportunities for stimulation, pleasure, learning, and above all shared experiences. Whether performing, participating in or watching plays, making music, painting, composing poetry or visiting museums, we strengthen social bonds and address loneliness – enabling us to remain part of the community.
The Creative Dementia Arts Network seeks to strengthen and support arts and dementia practice by providing high quality education, information, resources, projects and learning events and acts as a platform for connections and collaborations locally and nationally.
Over 150 delegates attended with representatives from a wide range of organisations and agencies including Health and Social Care, Libraries, Museums, arts groups, arts venues, Alzheimer Society representatives, care workers and community artists.
"It was a fantastic day", said Rhiannon, "and really emphasised how the arts have a key role to play in supporting those living with dementia. I brought back some excellent ideas and information, and am looking forward to sharing them with resources such as Theatr Brycheiniog and the Museum, as we work together in making Brecon a dementia-friendly community".
Click here to see details of the Conference - and see the photos below!