Theorising how art gallery interventions impact people with dementia and their caregivers

Camic, Paul, Baker, E and Tischler, Victoria ORCID: 0000-0002-0086-1906 (2016) Theorising how art gallery interventions impact people with dementia and their caregivers. The Gerontologist, 56 (6). pp. 1033-1041. ISSN 0016-9013

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Dementia refers to a variety of diseases that are characterised by cognitive difficulties and an overall decline in daily living skills. Psychologically-informed arts and health programmes may be particularly beneficial ways of improving the lives of people with dementia and their caregivers. This study sought to better understand how programmes at contemporary and traditional art galleries might play a role in the lives of people with dementia. Participants included 12 people with mild to moderate dementia, their 12 caregivers and 4 gallery facilitators. Those with dementia and their caregivers were engaged in art-viewing followed by art-making over an 8 week period. Data, collected through post-intervention interviews with participants, field notes and extensive written communication between the facilitators and research team, were analysed using grounded theory methodology to theorise how gallery-based interventions affect people with dementia and those who care for them. The emerging theory has four primary components: the art gallery is seen as being a physically-valued place that provides intellectual stimulation and offers opportunities for social inclusion that can change how dementia is perceived. These components coalesced to create positive emotional and relational effects for those with dementia and caregivers. The resulting theory has potential implications for the use of gallery-based programmes in dementia care within public health, healthcare and museum/art gallery policy and practice.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Arts > Gallery and museum
Medicine and health > Mental health
Depositing User: Victoria Tischler
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2018 11:53
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2018 12:03


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