News

Dementia therapy gets creative with arts workshops

REACHING OUT: Gladstone Art Gallery cultural projects officer Dianna Paddick and Museum director Pamela Whitlock are hoping to offer a specialised guided tour for people who have dementia.
REACHING OUT: Gladstone Art Gallery cultural projects officer Dianna Paddick and Museum director Pamela Whitlock are hoping to offer a specialised guided tour for people who have dementia. Christopher Chan

THE need for dementia- focused workshops has been highlighted through the interest in Gladstone's Art Gallery and Museum training services this week.

Representatives from the National Gallery will be there on Monday and Tuesday, teaching 12 people the benefits of dementia and Alzheimer's sufferers having discussions about the creative arts during an Art and Dementia Training Workshop.

Gladstone Art Gallery and Museum director Pamela Whitlock said it was a privilege to have the opportunity to host the workshop.

"It will be something very good for the Gladstone community to experience," Ms Whitlock said.

"Hopefully when we have the training we will be able to create more opportunities for people suffering from dementia," she said.

The gallery's cultural projects officer, Dianna Paddick, said only three workshops were being held in Queensland.

"It's going to encourage sharing engaging stories of sufferers of dementia and Alzheimer's," Ms Paddick said.

"I think there's a demand for these sorts of opportunities just because of the interest in carrying forward with this workshop.."

She said the connection between people suffering the condition and music and art is very strong and also beneficial.

"We would like this to be an ongoing opportunity in the region and to continue it on a regular basis."

The workshop hopes to establish professional development opportunity and an increased awareness of dementia.

Through the use of tailored communication skills and sharing information about current programs, logistics or planning and selection of works of art, the workshop can teach any of the attendees to share their knowledge for the benefit of dementia sufferers in the Gladstone region.

Dementia and Alzheimer's

  • Caused by disorders affecting the brain.
  • Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks.
  • Most commonly occurs after the age of 65 years.
  • Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia.

Topics:  alzheimer's, dementia, gladstone regional art gallery and museum



NEW BUSINESS: SIP espresso bar already has plans to grow

The new SIP espresso bar in Maryborough is becoming a popular stop for locals.

It catches anyone from early morning tradesmen to hospital staff

Backpacker tax scrapped as changes bite on farmers

Rob Bauer of Bauer's Organic Farm. The farm has launched a paddock-to-plate online shop. Photo: LucyRC Photography

Region's farmers still unhappy with decision

Job plan working, Qld minister says

Magnifying glass over a newspaper classified section with \"Job Opportunity\" text

Our plan to get Queenslander's back to work

Local Partners

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

'Baby' recreates famous Nirvana cover shot 25 years later

The baby from Nevermind album has recreated the iconic cover shot.

PREVIEW: Luke Cage origin story is a strong addition to MCU

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage.

MIKE Colter stars as latest Marvel superhero to get his own series.

Kate goes down fighting in heated Survivor elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell.

YOGA teacher's 'good guys' alliance fails to get off the ground.

Emily Blunt's (almost) singing career

Emily Blunt nearly became the British Britney Spears.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Huge Gunalda service station set to open by December

NEW STATION: The Gunalda Service Centre, owned by United Petroleum, will include a 350-seat eating area and a truckers lounge.

The massive servo is the biggest United development in Queensland.

Property leader says Fraser Coast market is looking up

Positivity is the buzz word in the Fraser Coast housing market

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual