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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, national gallery


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