Accessible Arts & Media are inviting anyone interested in dementia care to an open day on Thursday 3 May at Glen Lodge in Heworth. The open day will showcase their iMUSE project, that uses creative technology to help people with dementia connect with the world around them. The event is aimed at people of all ages experiencing dementia or memory loss, as well as carers, family members and practitioners.
Accessible Arts & Media are a York based charity who’ve been providing inclusive creative learning programmes in and around York since 1982. This strand of their iMUSE project has been specifically developed to support those living with dementia and memory loss. iMUSE is an interactive multi-sensory environment that uses a combination of vibro-acoustic technology, music and visuals to provide a safe creative and therapeutic experience. It promotes relaxation and can help reduce anxiety and improve communication and connection with others.
Accessible Arts & Media’s iMUSE Coordinator, Julie Green, said:
“We’ve recently delivered a series of iMUSE sessions at Windsor House residential home and we saw just how much it can positively affect people with dementia. After their sessions, people often came out chattier, less anxious and with a noticeable improvement in mood. Many enjoyed their session so much, it was a struggle to get them to leave the room! As one resident said ‘I just love doing it. It’s good fun. It’s lovely. I’ll be singing to myself all day’”.
The open day will run from 10am – 4pm and is the start of a 12-week series of iMUSE sessions at Glen Lodge, Sixth Avenue, Heworth, York YO31 0TR. There’s no need to book in advance, anyone interested can just turn up on the day. For more information, please contact Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Accessible Arts & Media office on 01904 626965. The sessions at Glen Lodge have been made possible thanks to generous funding from York YorDragons.
The Accessible Arts & Media Open Day will take place at Glen Lodge, Heworth on Thursday 3 May 2018.