Dementia Art

September 22, 2010 by Warren Hurst
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Sydney’s JewishCare is teaching art to dementia victims in their own homes.

Lois Pollock and JewishCare president Eva Fischl

Each yearJewishCare helps thousands of older people to remain living in their own homes. To do this a range of services are available including home support, casework, community club network as well as special services for Holocaust Survivors and visually disabled people.

JewishCare has started offering a unique service to those with dementia and results are amazing. Recent evidence suggests that activities like art and music somehow appear to enhance certain neural connections enabling some people with even severe dementia to create amazing artworks. It has been observed that while these clients are creating their artworks other cognitive facilities may improve as well – albeit temporarily.

Lois Pollock. a JewishCare Caseworker,  runs art classes for people with dementia at JewishCare premises and also a number of nursing homes around Sydney.

The amazing results belie the external appearances and capabilities of many dementia sufferers.

Some of the works of this group have been shown at the Waverley Library

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