Enriched Lives: A panel discussion on the benefits of Creative Arts Therapies for those People with Alzheimer’s Disease

IACAT is a non-profit organisation that promotes Art, Drama, Music and Dance Movement Therapy in Ireland. Our aim is to support the work of our 250 member therapists who work in health-care, educational, probationary and community settings.
On 21 September, to mark Alzheimer’s Action Day, IACAT is hosting a panel discussion to discuss the value and benefit of Creative Arts Therapies for people with Alzheimer’s Disease. This discussion chaired by Sylvia Thompson, Health Correspondent with the Irish Times will feature a number of speakers including therapists and care staff. It will take place at the Dublin Creative Therapy Centre.
Context Over 1/3 of IACAT therapists work with clients with debilitating conditions, with many therapists working in hospital and care settings with clients with Alzheimers and Dementia (IACAT Members Report 2012). This panel discussion will look at why Creative Arts Therapy services are important for this client-group, and what benefits Art, Drama, Music and Dance Movement Therapy can bring to the lives and families of people affected by Alzheimers. We also aim to explore during this conversation – research, innovative service models, challenges faced by therapists, and the experiences of clients and their families.
Event Participation Details The Enriched Lives discussion will begin at 2pm, at the Dublin Creative Therapy Centre in Smithfield, Dublin. Due to space restrictions, spaces must be reserved. There is no cost associated with attending, however a donation towards IACAT work is invited. If you would like to participate in this event by attending or submitting your questions for the panel, please call Annemarie Ni Churreáin on 0871252184, or email Info@iacat.ie.