Artful Moments aims to improve the quality of life in the moment for persons with dementia and reduce caregiver stress through art appreciation and art making. Working collaboratively, the Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH) and the Behavioural Health Unit at St. Peter’s Hospital developed an arts based experience that facilitated art appreciation and art making. These involved exposure to pieces of art, as well as discussions on how the art impacted the individual and their caregivers.
In total, the pilot project sought 8 participants and their family members. Each individual consented and attended the research educational sessions that took place at the AGH and St. Peter’s over a one year period.
The program was effective in allowing program staff to determine the duration of a program in order to engage the participants. This allows the participants and their caregivers to enjoy the highest quality of interaction.
“It doesn’t matter where you are on the spectrum on dementia, everyone is capable of engaging with life and their loved ones.”
To learn more about this project, visit our research page.