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Welcome to our Blog page. Here you will find an inspiration of ideas and instances of good practise to help you to bring creativity into the lives of older people. We are always looking for new blogs which we also share on our social media. If you have an idea, a scheme, or anything you'd like to tell our membership about, then email as at

Mumuration Arts Inspiring Communities

By: Marian Duggan

Description: Marian delivers a thoughtful piece on how dance helps older people and the important factors that need to be considered.

Date: 06/02/2019 Category: Dance

The Cinema, Memory and Wellbeing Project

By: Lisa Shaw

Description: Lisa Shaw explains how Carmen Miranda fever sealed the success of the University of Liverpool's project.

Date: 04/02/2019 Category: Combined

Giving Audiences Remote Control

By: Natalie Walton

Description: Natalie Walton, Learning and Outreach Manager, Arts Council Collection, National Partners Programme, looks at ways of attracting the over 75s into our museums

Date: 13/12/2018 Category: Museums

Flourishing Creative Friendships

By: Emily Chilvers

Description: After almost 8 years teaching pottery to the 65+ Emily decided to put on her first collaborative exhibition of four of her regular groups to celebrate their work and the stories behind what they make

Date: 03/12/2018 Category: Visual Arts

More than Movement: Investigating dance for people with Parkinson's

By: Dr Jude Bek

Description: Dr Jude Bek, Research Associate in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Manchester details the beneficial effects of dance for people with Parkinson's, including reports of improvements in movement, mood and even thinking skills.

Date: 03/12/2018 Category: Dance

Creative Journeys

By: Andrew Ward

Description: Andrew Ward of Essex CC, explains how Creative Journeys, an innovative and exciting project exploring the role of arts and culture in care settings, supports and maintains relationships between older people, care staff and the wider community.

Date: 06/09/2018 Category: Combined

Magic Me

By: Deborah Mason

Description: Deborah Mason of Magic Me on the value of intergenerational work to older people and the community.

Date: 17/08/2018 Category: Combined

Make it Better

By: Ruth Purdy

Description: Make it better (mitber) use a person centred approach, responding to individual cultural interests, to enable people to feel more confident by engaging in chosen activities, new or familiar in different ways.

Date: 20/07/2018 Category: Visual Arts

Age is no barrier to the Digital Arts

By: Kate Duncan

Description: Age is no barrier to the Digital Arts says Kate Duncan of City Arts Nottingham.

Date: 12/07/2018 Category: General

Open Arms Collective

By: Angela Conlon

Description: Open Arms Artists' Collectivem in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire, is committed to working creatively with older people.

Date: 12/07/2018 Category: General

Creative Minds

By: Chiswick Care Home

Description: Creative Minds enjoy making art with older people with learning difficulties at Chiswick Care Home

Date: 19/06/2018 Category: Visual Arts

Everyone has a Voice

By: Creative Minds

Description: Creative Minds Social Enterprise Community, our aims are to make art accessible to all and through the art give everyone a voice; a chance to express themselves

Date: 19/06/2018 Category: Visual Arts

Creative Age Challenge 2018

By: Kate Parkin

Description: A celebration of creativity in dementia and the community launches this month. Kate Parkin from creative ageing charity Equal Arts talks about how Creative Age Challenge is making difference to participants and cultural venues.

Date: 14/06/2018 Category: Combined

Observations in Nature

By: Ellie Robinson

Description: Observations in Nature is a photography and book-making project for people living with dementia

Date: 13/06/2018 Category: General

Creative Engagement in Housing & Care

By: Rachael Dinnage

Description: Rachael Dinnage tells her work at Central & Cecil Central & Cecil Housing Trust where there is a special focus on the benefits the arts can bring to later life.

Date: 13/06/2018 Category: Museums

Joie de Vivre

By: Lisa Lort & Emilie Barton

Description: Joie de Vivre - A celebration of dance for, by and with older people, a day at Pavillion Dance South West Bournemouth written by Lisa Lort & Emilie Barton

Date: 30/05/2018 Category: Dance

Live Age Festival

By: Isla Telford

Description: Isla Telford reflects on the 4th Live Age Festival at the New Vic Theatre and 1st October at Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

Date: 30/05/2018 Category: Theatre

Singing your way to better health

By: Udita Everett

Description: Sing for Better Health organises singing groups in the Brighton & Hove area. Here Udita Everett explains what the organisation does and the benefits it can bring.

Date: 27/03/2018 Category: Music

All the World A Stage

By: Living the Drama

Description: Living the Drama offers interesting insights from its experience of taking theatre into Care Homes.

Date: 12/09/2017 Category: Theatre

Ageing more Artfully

By: David Cutler

Description: David Cutler, Director of the Baring Foundation, gives an insight into how far this nation has come in creative ageing, siting successful examples from around the country. His conclusion is that we have come a long way but that we have unfinished business.

Date: 11/08/2017 Category: Combined

Ceramics Activities in Nightingale Hammerson's Clapham Home

By: Emily Hall

Description: Emily Hall is an experienced ceramicist. Here she tells of her experience of working with people with dementia in a care home setting.

Date: 30/03/2017 Category: Visual Arts

Flintlock Theatre's Four Score Years and Ten

By: Flintlock Theatre

Description: Read Flintlock Theatre's experience of creating verbatim theatre with older people at its heart.

Date: 22/03/2017 Category: Theatre

Art in Mind

By: Heather Thomas

Description: Heather Thomas, of Art in Mind, has been running art classes for people with dementia and their carers for many years. Here she tells of the joy and benefits it has brought.

Date: 14/03/2017 Category: Visual Arts

To Make is to Live

By: Paul Cann

Description: Paul Cann, a former Chief Executive of Age UK Oxfordshire, waxes lyrical about the need for social prescribing

Date: 14/03/2017 Category: General

Culture, Kopi and Kueh

By: Sharon Chen

Description: Museums in Singapore found it difficult to overcome barriers to attendance experienced by older people and their carers. Sharon Chen tells how they found inspiration from a talk given by Wendy Gallagher from the Whitworth Arts Gallery.

Date: 04/11/2016 Category: Museums

Cracking the Crinoline

By: Sian Stevenson

Description: Sian Stevenson, Director of Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company, has created a very successful dance company of older women which has performed from London to Paris. Here she reveals her and their motivation.

Date: 29/09/2016 Category: Dance

Creativity and Ageing in Japan

By: Jason Danley

Description: Jason Danley, of Brookes University, has spent time in Japan finding out how its long tradition of cultural and artistic appreciation underwrites the vigour in which its post-retirement population pursue their creative interests.

Date: 22/09/2016 Category: General

Stories for Wellbeing in Later Life

By: Fiona Hamilton

Description: Fiona Hamilton uses many techniques to get the creative juices flowing in her sessions. Here she reveals some that might inspire you.

Date: 19/09/2016 Category: Literature

Cornwall Museums Partnership

By: Chloe Hughes

Description: Chloe Hughes, of Cornwall Museums Partnership, explains how three museums worked collaboratively with artists, using their collections as inspiration to create opportunities for older people to be inspired.

Date: 12/09/2016 Category: Museums

The Appleby Tate, One Year on!

By: James Cropper

Description: James Cropper, founder of Arts and Minds, tells of the profound effect opening the Appleby Tate Art gallery at Appleby House Care Home has had.

Date: 10/08/2016 Category: Visual Arts

Fergus Early - Remembering to Dance

By: Fergus Early

Description: Fergus Early gives a brief history of Green Candle Dance Company and a few things he has observed and absorbed about working with people living with dementia.

Date: 07/07/2016 Category: Dance

Jacksons Lane - Working with Older People

By: Stuart Cox

Description: Stuart Cox, of Jackson's had no experience of running arts participation groups for older people so he started talking to them and found that 'fun' was the element they most needed.

Date: 03/06/2016 Category: Public Health

Everything Stops for Tea

By: Rebecca Seymour

Description: Tea and music sessions held in elderly care wards in a Salisbury Hospital have shown patients reporting physical, cognitive, social and emotional benefits and staff often stating feelings of wellbeing and uplift whilst working during these sessions. Rebecca Seymour, Elevate Co-ordinator, tells all.

Date: 12/05/2016 Category: Music