Acting in a way different from usual requires the brain to respond to a novel set of stimuli, causing new neutrons to develop and adapt, giving drama protective qualities against cognitive decline.
Creating and enacting scenarios with a drama group, in allowing individuals to improvise and develop significant or amusing experiences together, can act as a medium to alleviate depression, which may be a symptom when undergoing assessment for a potential dementia. As Sir Richard Eyre, the director and patron of Arts 4 Dementia, advises continuing the discipline of learning lines. “There’s no better way of exercising the brain.” Whatever the genre – classical, rock, pop, community choir, orchestra or band – music has a vital role to play to help preserve brain health.
If you work in the drama for health sector, are responsible for drama programmes or research, or are a social prescriber or for anyone interested in drama for brain health, join us for this free webinar on Tuesday 8 February 2022 at 10-11 am.
CHAIR: Dr Peter Bagshawe GP
- Chair: Dr Peter Bagshaw GP, Clinical Lead for Dementia for the South West Mental Health Clinical Network
- Dr Sheila McCormick, Senior Lecturer, BA Programme Leader in Theatre and Performance, University of Salford
- Andy Barry, Elders Company, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
- David Workman, Artistic Director, Elders Company & Encore, Southwark Playhouse, London
- Machteld De Ruyck, Older People’s Programme Manager, Heydays, Leeds Playhouse
- Jenny Marshall and Bee Bussell, Open Age, London
- Anna Woolf, London Arts in Health, Regional Champion, Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance
- Sir Muir Gray, Director, University of Oxford’s Optimal Ageing Programme
- Veronica Franklin Gould (VeronicArts and A4D)