Practical interventions employing arts-based activities, including music, theatre, dance and visual arts, are increasingly being employed nationally and internationally to improve mood and well-being, physical activity and cognitive processing for people with dementia. Arts-based programs have also been shown to have some capacity to enhance communication of emotions and relationships with carers.
This unit will explore the evidence-based research on the benefits that can be conferred through the stimulation of sensory perception, reminiscence and subconscious movement using music, theatre, dance and visual arts. These will be dealt with in three separate modules. Students will develop knowledge of the evidence-based literature for interventions employing music, theatre, dance and visual arts, and each module will also provide an introduction to key elements of successful program design and the range of activities that can be employed.
|Unit name||The Arts and Dementia Care|
|Faculty/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Associate Professor Anne-Marie Forbes
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
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- International students
- Domestic students
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Off Campus: fully online
Online quizzes (3 x 10%) 30%; Online discussion assessments 15%; Research assignment 20%; Essay 35%
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Hayes, J, Povey, S,The Creative Arts in Dementia Care, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2011
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