One in six of the UK's population is currently aged 65 and over and by 2050, it is estimated that it will increase to one in four. What role can the arts and creativity play in keeping us healthier, for longer? How can we ensure that our quality of life increases at the same rate as our life spans? London Arts in Health Forum (LAHF) have partnered with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) to host a discussion in their Studio Theatre around the ways that creative engagement with different artforms can support us as we age.
The panel, chaired by LAHF Director, Damian Hebron, will feature clinical health psychologist and Co-Director of the Wellcome Collection's current Hub residency on the arts and dementia care, Dr Paul Camic; Co-Director of Salmagundi Films, an organisation using animation and digital technology to creatively engage those with dementia, Bo Chapman; Artistic Director of Turtle Key Arts, Charlotte Cunningham MBE, an organisation using music and song with dementia patients and carers; and Judith Bevan, a graduate of RADA's Elders Company, the organisation's resident theatre company for over 60s.
This event is an opportunity for both arts and health professionals to boost their knowledge about recent projects using participation in creative activities and cultural engagement to generate good health and wellbeing in later life. We hope you will come away feeling inspired, with new perspectives and understandings of creativity, healthy ageing and how the arts can protect and improve quality of life for older people.
This takes place as part of Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2017, a festival led by London Arts in Health Forum featuring hundreds of educational, participatory and stimulating events for people to learn how the arts and creativity can improve health and wellbeing. The festival features performances, sharings, workshops, talks, film screenings and art exhibitions in hospitals and hospices, schools, community centres, arts venues, carehomes and more. This year's festival is structured around the lifecourse in line with the findings of an upcoming Inquiry report on arts and health led by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing.
Early booking advised. £5. Book via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/young-at-heart-ageing-well-and-creativity-tickets-33303438481
An event from London Arts in Health Forum in partnership with RADA.