The rehabilitative power of a creative or cultural experience to boost brain function and combat symptoms of dementia ' the UK's most feared condition - is compelling. Anxiety vanishes from people's faces when they engage in arts activity and divert their focus to exploring and sharing imaginative ideas, being curious, critical and creative ' each
inspiring the other and reviving their sense of purpose, connectedness and identity in the wider world.
Reawakening Integrated: Arts & Heritage, a partnership between Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) and Canterbury Christ Church University, presents a regional range of arts and heritage (A&H) opportunities help preventonset of dementia and override its symptoms. Aligning with the national wellbeing agenda, the report responds to the Government need for postdiagnostic support. Based on Dorset's rich local and national heritage opportunities, its memory and social care provision, with a view to
integration, this regional model is designed to up-scale around the UK.
To bridge the provision gap for people experiencing mild memory loss ' without a dementia diagnosis ' as well as for those with early-stage dementia and their carers, our Reawakening programme comprised
* Three early stage dementia awareness training for arts to inform
* Weekly arts projects: the county museum, the church (choir and organ), intergenerational drama and creative dance, as regional models
* Two Arts Society lectures adapted for people experiencing mild memory loss, at Dorchester and Wimborne.
* New events and taster sessions for
* Dorset's first arts and heritage festival for dementia, Reawakening