Playful care: what lies beyond the red nose

Playful care: what lies beyond the red nose

Michael Balfour, Kirsty Martin, Julie Dunn, Wendy Moyle, Marie Cooke and Judy Wollin discuss their work with Playful Engagement, an award-winning arts and health program for people in the mid- to advanced stages of dementia. Playful Engagement is an award-winning Australian arts and health partnership that seeks to affirm and celebrate personal identity, boost confidence…

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Every picture tells a story

Every picture tells a story

As part of a series of articles looking at the role of art in releasing the creative potential of people with dementia, John Killick showcases the work of Australia’s Dr Julie Gross McAdam, founder of the McAdam Aged Care Art Recreation Therapy (MAC.ART) program. It involves participants translating their life stories into beautiful artworks, including…

Well-being: a strengths-based approach to dementia

Well-being: a strengths-based approach to dementia

G Allen Power discusses why the person-centred care philosophy has failed to become a reality for so many people and suggests alternatives to traditional approaches to dementia care The past two decades have seen the emergence of two parallel tracks of thought revolving around ageing issues. The first, usually credited to the late Tom Kitwood,…