Why A.R.T.S.?

As the Lancet Commission on dementia prevention, intervention and care (2020) and the World Health Organisation’s scoping review ‘What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being?’ (2019) point out, healthy and creative ageing activity empowers individuals to address modifiable risk factors for dementia, combat stress, reduce isolation and nurture their resilience in the community.

Engaging in re-energising social A.R.T.S. both peri- and post-diagnosis, helps preserve identity, sense of purpose, fulfilling active life and joy together, for years longer.

Everyone, according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948, Article 27), has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community. Referral to A.R.T.S. support for dementia has hitherto required diagnosis. Now GPs can at the onset of symptoms refer them to their practice social prescribing link worker for A.R.T.S. prescription.