The Wordsworth Trust has been working in partnership with Alzheimers Society facilitating two groups for people living with dementia, one in Kendal and one in Penrith. The innovate and creative approach, which has been developed over the last two years between the Alzheimers Society and artists from Art Sense in Kendal, brings together hands-on work with mixed-media art and poetry reading and creation. Their model of working has provided the inspiration to set up a similar group in Penrith.

The work recognises the shift in perception and awareness that occurs with the onset and progression of dementia. It offers a chance to get involved and try new things in an environment that is well suited to the heightened emotional sensitivity and artistic creativity that often occurs with dementia. The techniques are stimulating and very accessible to those with short term memory problems. It also provides respite without separation for those who care for loved ones – in these groups everyone becomes a participant. The groups show the power of creativity to bring people into the moment and the positive effect this has on improving wellbeing.

Work from the participants will be brought together for an exhibition in the community gallery space at the Wordsworth Museum at Grasmere, called In The Moment and will be on show during Dementia Awareness Week, from May 16 – June 2.

During the exhibition there will be an invitation for visitors to contribute their own creative work and thoughts to a cabinet for personal treasures. For more information, please click here to contact us.