Arts on Prescription

Arts on Prescription was a HammondCare led and Australian government funded evidence based program informed by similar initiatives in the UK.  This uses a participatory art approach alongside traditional health care approaches to improve the physical and mental well-being of older people.  It is different to diversional therapy.  Read on to find out more and to get your copy of the free guide on using Arts on Prescription in aged care!

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2018, what a year!

Only 12 more sleeps until Xmas. I cannot believe another year has ended and what a year it has been!  Let me start by saying thank you to all our wonderful readers. It has been 2 years since we started our newsletter and we really hope that you have found the information valuable. We look forward to presenting new products and interesting ideas in 2019.

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The Power of Music

Music like art can often influence our mood and have a positive effect on our well-being. 
This incredible piece by Debra Hurd perfectly captures the sounds and movement of Jazz with its bright strokes and strong textures.

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Ageing Transformed

It seems time has accelerated these last couple of months and already here we are thinking about Christmas and the end of the year!! What we ought to do now is slow down the clock and take time to enjoy these lovely sunny spring days. However, that is not the case here at de Fiddes as we will be busy right up until we close for our Xmas break.
 
The LASA conference has just been held in Adelaide where I had the opportunity to speak about connection to place and the importance of place to each and every one of us, especially those living in aged care.  My talk was very relevant with the theme of the conference being “Ageing Transformed ….. The Dawning of a new Era”.  

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A Multi Sensory Music Cushion

All too often when visiting an aged care facility the noise from the TV dominates and quite often residents sitting in the TV lounge still cannot hear it. In many instances they are positioned either too far away from the TV or there is just too much other noise going on around them.

Recently I visited a trade fair in Singapore and came across an ingenious product called the Music Cushion. The Music Cushion is beneficial for people with hearing loss by delivering a multi sensory experience.

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Music through the decades

Music means so much to so many people. Whether it is through iPods, smart phones, CD’s, radios or vinyls people can listen to music from sun up to sun down and from birth to as they pass from this life.  Music has been identified as contributing to autobiographical memories which enables us to make judgements about ourselves and others. A link has been identified between working memory for musical stimuli and for verbal stimuli which led to the conclusion that the process of learning music improves the learning of verbal tasks.  Read on for more about music memory and to test your recall of popular songs about memory from each decade!



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Tokyo Street Libraries!

This month we would like to explore design in a slightly different way and think a little more creatively. 

As our topic is about the “Power of Words” I thought I would highlight a wonderful library design that I saw in a park in Tokyo. 

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Bibliotherapy, What is it and how can it help?

Bibliotherapy, simply put, it is the use of literature to help people deal with their ailments. Information is emerging on the positive impact it may have on the wellbeing of people living with dementia. Internationally recognised, bibliotherapy involves the provision of carefully selected and evaluated books (fiction and non-fiction) and poetry. 

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Research Driven Design

The power of words was no better illustrated than at the Aging & Society 8th Interdisciplinary Conference held in Tokyo last month. The discussions and papers were really interesting and very much focused on the latest evidence based research. I was speaking at the Conference and my talk was entitled “Design is not for Philosophy; it’s for Life” which is a famous quote by Issey Miyake. 

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The Joy of Reading

Creativity can be found everywhere. Even in a library through the placement of book spines to create an image!

We always strive to include libraries and or reading nooks in each project for those to enjoy some time away to relax with a good book!

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Calming Effects of Weighted Blankets

There is a huge body of evidence to support the use of weighted items to help calm a person and there are a variety of ways weight treatment can be incorporated into therapy sessions and daily activities.

The product we would like to showcase this month is the weighted blanket. The weighted blanket is currently perceived by both consumers and staff as one of the most helpful of the sensory tools used by people during crisis states. For those of you who can’t sleep there is evidence to support using weighted blankets to relieve Insomnia!

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Relax, Refresh, Repeat

Our newsletter this month is all about Calm and nothing could be calmer or more relaxing than going on holidays. Kathryn and I ventured off recently to celebrate a friends 60th birthday in Cambodia and whilst places like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are frenetic, cruising down the Mekong on a beautiful old timber sailing ship certainly was very relaxing. 

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Inner Peace

A recent study showed important components of design which can support the well-being of the elderly to include a variety of spaces, comfort and safety. This led to discussion in the office on ‘calmness’ and various ways this can be achieved. What better source of inspiration than the poets, leaders and brave people of yesteryear?

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