I was delighted to be asked to contribute to a new on-line educational course - Dementia and the Arts: Sharing Practice, Developing Understanding and Enhancing Lives -  which launches next week, on Monday, 10th September 2018.

Hosted by Future Learn, this programme has been developed by Created Out Of Mind’  with an interdisciplinary team of scientists, researchers, broadcasters, clinicians, musicians, care home workers, charities, visual artists and, most importantly, people living with dementias and family carers.

Created Out of Mind was the recipient of the Wellcome Trust’s Hub Award in 2016 and have been resident at Wellcome Collection in London for the past 22 months.

The course consists of four online learning sessions, delivered over four consecutive weeks. Enrolment on the course is FREE and it is suitable for anyone who has an interest in therapeutic benefits of the arts for people living with dementia and their families.

The course will explore, challenge and shape the learner’s perceptions of dementias and investigate what we can all do to improve the quality of life and care for people living with different dementias.

Topics covered:

Week 1   Seeing the dementias differently through the arts and seeing the arts differently through the dementias

Week 2   How can moments be understood, experienced and measured?

Week 3   Creating common ground: the arts, equality and dementia

Week 4   Language & communication: how can we change the conversation?

The estimated learning time is 2 hours per week and learners can progress through the course at their own pace.

The course is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) https://www.rsph.org.uk/

To sign up, and for more information, please visit: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/dementia-arts

If you decide to undertake this course, please let me know how you get on: askbarbara@unforgettble.org