The first national conference on dance and dementia.
Friday 10th and Saturday 11th December 2010
What a wonderful
conference it was!
An evaluation by Liverpool John Moores
University is now on-line here.
in partnership with MDI
and the Foundation
for Community Dance, held the first national dance and
dementia conference in Liverpool, with particular focus on the rôle
of dance in the care of dementia.
This innovative conference was a multi-disciplinary arts event
combining academic papers, keynote dances, presentations of art
based research by leading practitioners and specially commissioned
dance performances and films.The conference celebrated best practice
in this field and brought together a diverse range of artists, health
and medical professionals, care staff, biomedical researchers, arts
organisations and friends and families of those living with dementia.
There is a growing interest in how the dance community can contribute
to health and well-being especially of those with mental health
problems such as memory loss. The Department of Health's National
Dementia Strategy (2009) places a central focus on destigmatising
dementia, raising awareness, supporting carers, and training and
developing care staff.