The uplifting power of enjoyment of creativity in our own or new culture nurtures our resilience in the community.
Engaging in re-energising social activity from the onset of a potential dementia empowers individuals and their loved ones to preserve their brain health, combat isolating fears and nurtures sense of identity, of belonging and resilience for years longer.
Dr Sharmi Bhattacharyya, Consultant & Clinical Lead for Older People’s Mental Health at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in North Wales and Editor, The Old Age Psychiatrist, Royal College of Psychiatrists chairs a debate between leaders in social prescribing, culture health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on diagnostic tools and arts workshops celebrating diverse cultures.
This debate celebrates the introduction of South Asians diagnostic tools, dedicated social prescribing, visual arts and dance, Chinese contemporary art, gospel singing, basketry by Kenyan elders, Japanese piano music, art for Hackney Caribbean elders and neurology in Australia.
- CHAIR: Dr Sharmi Bhattacharyya, Consultant & Clinical Lead for Older People’s Mental Health at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in North Wales and Editor, The Old Age Psychiatrist, Royal College of Psychiatrists
- Dr Karan Jutla, Senior Lecturer in Health (Dementia Lead) Institute of Health, University of Wolverhampton, presents ethnically diverse diagnostic tools.
- Dr Sonu Bhaskar, Director, Global Health Neurology Lab, Sydney, Australia.
- Thanh Sinden Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance and the Chinese Centre for Contemporary Art, Manchester
- Maki Sekiya, Japanese concert pianist plays and discusses Somei Satoh’s “Mirrors in the Dream” and the Japanese Green Chorus
- Arti Prashar OBE, artist and drama practitioner: ‘Visionaries: A South Asian Arts and Ageing Counter Narrative‘
- Bisakha Sarker, Founder and Artistic Director, Chaturangan South Asian dance
- Dr Mercy Wanduara, Department of Fashion Design and Marketing, Kenyatta University, Nairobi presents Kenyan basketry by women from Central and Eastern Kenya
- Kadria Thomas, English/Yemeni Gospel choir leader
- Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency Aboriginal Arts Centres Keeping our Elders Strong, IIkuntji artists
- Hackney Caribbean Elderly Organisation, Arts for Elderly Engagement (invited)
- Rushna Miah, chair, Herts Asian Women’s Association, providing a social prescribing service.
- Veronica Franklin Gould (President, Arts 4 Dementia)