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Dementia and Imagination

The impact of visual arts activities on people living with dementia.

About the research project

Participants attended a series of 12 weekly arts activities. The activities took place in three parts of the UK:

  • North East of England (where participants lived in care homes)
  • Derbyshire (where participants were in hospital settings)
  • North Wales (where participants lived at home and the activities took place in local cultural venues)

The project team came from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. Using a mixed methods approach, impact was considered in respect of:

  • positive wellbeing
  • quality of life
  • social connectivity

There was also a strand of public engagement activity throughout the project.