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Dementia is NOT the end: Bridging research and global care practices through arts, creativity and technology - recording (slides) Presenter: Liza Futerman, CIHR-funded PhD Candidate, Dementia Care Researcher and Advocate for Culture Change 


  • A Changing Melody toolkit - provides examples of ways to incorporate the arts and other creative showcases to highlight accomplishments and continued abilities of persons with dementia and connect with the emotional side of the dementia journey.
  • “Artsoculus” a Toronto based program offers a range of arts-based learning programs and workshops for individuals with dementia. The programs include watercolour painting, Japanese paper collage, mixed media, and drawing.Toronto, Canada
  • Canada’s National Ballet School and Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care created a program called “Sharing Dance” for people with dementia. Toronto, Ontario
  • Parkgate community services society offers “My Parkgate BREAK” a program that offers individuals with mild to moderate dementia creative activities. Vancouver, Canada
  • Caring Clown Program, Ryerson University
  • Providence healthcare provides an adult day programs for people in the community with moderate to severe dementia. The facility has a living and dining area with chandeliers and a big grand piano for singing, dancing, and creating. They also have six overnight suites, two secure outdoor gardens, and a den. Toronto, Canada
  • Cracked: New Light on Dementia Play
  • Royal Ontario Museum offers monthly tours designed for groups of visitors in the early stages of memory loss.Toronto, Canada
  • The art gallery of Nova Scotia hosts “Artful Afternoon” a series of workshops designed for people with memory loss as well as their caretakers. The program offers hands-on creative activities as well as a tour of the art gallery. Nova Scotia, Canada


  • “The I’m Still Here” - Foundation organizes cultural outings for individuals suffering from dementia. Some of the events include weekly museum tours and movie discussions.Boston, United States
  • Arts4dementia facilitates and creates events at art venues aimed at providing cognitive rehabilitation for families affected by dementia. A variety of events are offered including; singing, arts and crafts, poetry and dancing. London, England
  • MoMA offers a program called “Individuals with dementia” aimed at providing individuals with dementia a creative outlet. The gallery has monthly tours as well as art classes. New York, United States
  • The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) hosts tours for people with dementia and their care providers. Australia
  • Portland art museum hosts “artNOW” a program focused on providing people with dementia and their care providers a creative two hour experience. The program is held on Monday afternoons every other month while the Museum is closed. Portland, United States
  • Frye museum offers three creative programs for people with memory loss. Some of the activities offered include; art classes at your home, gallery tours, art-making classes and movie discussions. Seattle, United States

Papers and Articles

  • Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 21(3) pp. 148-155
  • This paper observes dementia patients art through four case studies that illustrate the importance of art therapy programs for varying stages of dementia.
  • Mimica, N.,  & Kalinić, D. (2011). Art Therapy May be Beneficial for Reducing Stress. Psychiatria Danubina. 23(1), 125-128.
  • This case study examines the importance of non-pharmacological interventions such as art therapy for persons with dementia (PWD). The study concludes that art therapy can reduce the stress of PWD and improve quality of life.
  • Baines, P. (2007). Nurturing the Heart: Creativity, art therapy and Dementia. Quality Dementia Care. 3, 3-45.
  • The paper analyses the positive impact art therapy has on dementia patients while providing tips.
  • Stephenson, R.C. (2015). Communication and Dementia: Painting a New Path through Art Therapy. American Art Therapy Association. 1-3.
  • Kennedy,R. (2005, Oct 30). The Pablo Picasso Alzheimer's Therapy. The New York Times. Retrieved from
  • Yamagami, T., Oosawa, M., Ito, S., & Yamaguchi, H. (2007).  Effect of activity reminiscence therapy as brain-activating rehabilitation for elderly people with and without dementia. Psychogeriatrics. 7, 69-75.
  • Wallis, L. (2015, June 2). Art Speaks Where Words Fail for People with Dementia. The Guardian. Retrieved from
  • Weintraub, K. (2012, Nov 27). Is art therapy the answer for dementia: Making music, painting, or dancing — and seeing or hearing it — may be the most effective treatment for dementia to date. Boston Globe. Retrieved from