As we see a swirl of fall hues around us, one colour stands out amongst the rich oranges, reds and yellows: Blue. September is World Alzheimerâ€™s Month, and across the globe, people wore blue Forget-me-not pins in support of those living with this debilitating disease.
Almost 15% of Canadians who are 65+, live with cognitive impairment (which includes dementia). If nothing changes, that number will nearly double by 2031, which has significant implications in terms of social, economic and personal costs.
On a national level, Alzheimerâ€™s Society Canada is working tirelessly to make a National Dementia Strategy a health-care priority and are urging Canadians to raise their voices in the weeks leading up to the Election.
The creative arts also have a role to play in improving the quality of life for people with Dementia and their caregivers; check out our infographic to learn more. For more resources, programs and ideas on Art & Alzheimerâ€™s across Canada, visit our website.
On another note, Arts & Health Month (November) 2015 is on the horizon, and we've got some exciting things in the works. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available. If your organization has something planned to celebrate the month - let us know so we can help get the word out!
People Who Grow Up Dancing are Happier, Less Stressed and Smarter
Once you lace up your pointe shoes, thereâ€™s nothing like the high of becoming one with the music.
Everything else in the world fades away when the music begins. Your breathing coincides with each graceful movement, as your feet whisk you away across the dance floor. Like â€œThe Nutcracker,â€ every dance to a dancer seems like a magical fairytaleâ€¦ and we get to dance it.
As an artist, I always aspired to ask new questions and investigate fresh methods and design in an effort to experience and visually understand phenomena better. However, my inquiry process took on a whole new meaning when in 1997, after ten years of studio practice, I was asked by oral and maxillofacial surgeon Professor Iain Hutchison of Barts and the London NHS Trust, to attend, and witness his patientsâ€™ actual surgical procedures and paint their portraits before, during and after surgery. The 100 portraits that were created of 30 participants, over two years, are the embodiment of multiple
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