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Creativity can complement clinical interactions

Managing arts projects may be difficult for overstretched staff but simple principles can be used in different settings.
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Managing arts projects may be difficult for overstretched staff but simple principles can be used in different settings.

The benefits of arts interventions to improve the health and well-being of older people are well proven, with national guidance highlighting their use in outstanding services.

The creative ageing team at The Courtyard in Hereford has been running arts programmes for older people and those living with dementia for six years. These include intergenerational drama projects in nursing homes, dementia-friendly film screenings and international poetry exchanges in day centres. The connecting thread is the unique way creativity is used to communicate.

Creativity is not simply music, dancing or singing. Creativity is:

  • Choice . Creative activities give patients opportunities to choose whether they, for example, join in dancing. These small
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