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Intouch : In Touch Winter 2012
18 IN TOuCH WINTER 2012 PEOPlE aCtiVitiEs tEam The free activities in the Social and Therapeutic Activities program enable people living with dementia and their carers to engage in meaningful and therapeutic recreational activities, such as art, music, film and social gatherings. Each activity helps to maintain quality of life by continuing people’s involvement in their own leisure activities, with an emphasis placed on strengthening social connections. When a person is diagnosed with dementia, it can be a very isolating experience and there is a tendency to withdraw. “Our activities encourage people to stay connected socially, and decrease the chances of apathy and depression,” says Program Coordinator Denise Herman. “ Creativity allows a person with dementia to express who they are and gives them a sense of purpose.” Activities are run on a regular basis, including a workshop called ‘Colour – from Heart to Art’, where participants work with colour as a way of expressing themselves without the need for words. The group explores colours in its many different forms in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Long-term participant of the colour workshop Colin Roach was approached by the program to do a painting of the Vincent Fairfax Family Resource Centre. “It was a task Colin very proudly accepted”, says Denise, and the finished painting now hangs in the building. ‘Music for Recreation’ sessions are designed for people living with dementia – with or without previous music experience – and are planned with the specific goal of creating positive social experiences for participants. Participants can also take part in the Movie Club, where everyone is able to discuss their favourite films, actors or actresses past or present, and recent movie releases, all while enjoying a fine afternoon tea. ‘Coming Together’ sessions provide a welcoming place for socialising, sing-a -longs, carpet bowls, games, or simply conversations over lunch, and the AD-HOC group meets monthly for barbecues, garden parties and a yuletide lunch. For more information about Social and Therapeutic Activities throughout the state, phone the National Dementia Helpline. T: 1800 100 500 Above left the Social and Therapeutic Activities team at North Ryde. Left to right: Lauretta Kaldor, Yasmin Mody, Denise Herman, volunteer Maureen Farrell and Grace Chiundiza. Above right Colin Roach, with AlzNSW LIS Coordinator Michelle de Mari, proudly displays his painting. CrEatiVity allOws a PErsOn with dEmEntia tO ExPrEss whO thEy arE and giVEs thEm a sEnsE Of PurPOsE. thE rECrEatiOn sEssiOns OrganisEd by thE sOCial and thEraPEutiC aCtiVitiEs PrOgram EmPOwEr PEOPlE with dEmEntia and maintain thEir Quality Of lifE. by CharlOttE mitChEll
In Touch Autumn 2012
In Touch Autumn 2013