Thinking about Dementia is a new exhibition showcasing the creative ability of people living with dementia. The exhibition is a partnership between Paintings in Hospitals and the Dementia Care Centre, University of West London.

Thinking about Dementia showcases the creative ability of people with dementia: giving visitors the opportunity to view artworks made and selected by people living with the condition

Dementia is a condition characterised by memory loss and other symptoms. These other symptoms can include difficulty in comprehension and speech, difficulty in performing previously routine tasks, and changes in personality and mood. Around 800,000 people have been diagnosed with dementia in the UK. This number is predicted to rise as our ageing population increases.

A participant in the Dementia and Imagination project

There is growing interest in how art can enhance the health and wellbeing of people with dementia, as well as that of their carers. The Thinking about Dementia exhibition includes artworks produced by people living with dementia, during the research project Dementia and Imagination, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. These artworks are featured alongside art, selected by University of West London students and staff, carers and people with dementia, from the Paintings in Hospitals collection.

The Thinking about Dementia artworks being installed at University of West London

Thinking about Dementia takes place as part of the Stimulating All the Senses event for the Being Human festival of humanities. Organised in partnership with the Dementia Care Centre at University of West London and Paintings in Hospitals, the exhibition is funded by the Alzheimer's Society. The event Stimulating All the Senses takes place on Monday 20th November 2017 at Pillars restaurant, University of West London, Ealing campus.

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