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…

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Growing well-being

Garden designers Mark Rendell and Debbie Carroll explain why gardens around care homes, particularly for people with dementia, are not being used more often.

Cath Manuel reports on a successful gardening program in Queensland.

Plus there’s resources and contacts for creating gardens for people with dementia or introducing horticultural therapy programs and sensory gardens.

Also in this issue

  • John Killick showcases the work of Dr Julie Gross McAdam’s award-winning MAC.ART program, which translates residents’ oral histories into artworks

  • Angela Raguz puts the case for a new model of care for people with younger onset dementia

  • Dr Ewa Piejko reports on a pilot project in Victoria aimed at improving the early diagnosis, treatment and care management of people with dementia living in rural communities

  • Denise Edwards explains how Blue Care’s new Memory Support Services Program is tailoring care to meet the needs of people with dementia

  • Anne Cumming discusses three important initiatives under way to improve the care of people with cognitive impairment in hospitals

  • Kate Swaffer highlights her concerns that the terms ‘challenging behaviours’ and ‘Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia’ (BPSD), and over-prescription of antipsychotic medications, are having a negative impact on care

  • Jenny La Fontaine, Anna Buckell, Jan Oyebode and Jayne Ford consider the families who live with behavioural variant fronto-temporal dementia, the condition, and their support needs

  • Debbie de Fiddes explains how good lighting design can be used to improve the living environment and well-being of people with dementia

  • Highlights from the Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) 2015 Conference in Perth

  • Plus the latest dementia research news and resources

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