Dementia in Cultural Mediation - Improving quality of life through arts and culture

Olivier Constant, Herlinde Dely, Free De Backer

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‘Dementia in Cultural Mediation’ (DCUM) is a transnational project driven by the increasing number of people living with dementia in Europe. The initiative is based on the great potential of cultural and artistic activities as an innovative and dynamic approach to achieve social inclusion of people with dementia in local communities and to improve their quality of life. Through learning from the rich body of knowledge and experiences in the field of arts, culture and dementia care that the involved partners from Belgium, Denmark, Spain and The Netherlands* have, the project has a clear ambition: to reach out and engage local and regional cultural institutions, health and social authorities and end-user groups that want to embrace dementia in a more holistic way through cultural activities in order to create more dementia-inclusive communities.

The ‘Dementia in Cultural Mediation’ initiative will deliver three main outputs: an opensource digital toolkit of good practices shared through a customized website, audiovisual productions and social media, accompanying didactic training material and a set of recommendations to contribute to future European efforts in the field of cultural mediation for people with dementia. The recommendations are based on the project experiences and results which are continuously reviewed by a European reference group consisting of highly experienced experts in the field of dementia, research and the arts and representatives of the end-user group (informal caregivers and people living with dementia). In the presentation we will tell more about the project’s deliverables and we will look ahead to future initiatives in the field of arts and culture for people with dementia based on the lessons learned.

* Expertisecentrum Dementie Vlaanderen (Flanders Centre of Expertise on Dementia), Belgium
* Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
* Odense Libraries and Citizens Service, Denmark
* Fundacion Instituto Gerontologico Matia-Ingema, Spain
* Healthy Ageing Network Northern Netherlands, The Netherlands
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2022
Event35th Global Conference of Alzheimer's Disease International: New horizons in dementia: Building on hope - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Jun 202211 Jun 2022


Conference35th Global Conference of Alzheimer's Disease International
Abbreviated titleADI
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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