Aim: To discover how an arts-based program can facilitate positive engagement in the moment for persons with dementia and their family caregivers.
Overview: Working collaboratively, the Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH) and Behavioural Health at St. Peter’s Hospital developed an arts based experience that facilitated art appreciation and art making for persons with dementia. These involved exposure to pieces of art, as well as discussions on how the art impacted the individual and their caregivers.
Intervention Components: In total, eight participants and their family members consented and attended the research educational sessions which took place at the AGH and hospital setting over a one year period.
Results: 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.
Components of Success:
- Families started to share the art more openly with loved ones.
- Feelings of joy for both the participants and observers.
- Staff members from both institutional teams were extremely pleased with the programs results.
Artful Moments now appears in the Canadian Geriatrics Journal. Click here to read more about this exciting project.