September 2015 | Issue 24
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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 Alzheimer’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, Alzheimer’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 & Alzheimer’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!
 The AHNC Team    

Michael Park: On Opera & Disease

DTES Art Gallery Losing Funding After More Than 2 Decades

'It Helps You Win that Fight': Cancer Center's Artwork Chosen to Help Patients Heal Emotionally

TIFF and UHN Co-Star in Mental Health Program

New Taskforce to Promote Arts for Successful Ageing

Afghan Artist Paints Over Kabul's Walls of War to Help Heal City

Local Body Painter Explores the Art of Healing

Game Development as Cancer Therapy: The Making of Crashlands

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Judy Weiser

Judy Weiser is a psychologist, art therapist, consultant, trainer, author, and early pioneer of "PhotoTherapy Techniques" (using clients' snapshots to access feelings and memories during their therapy sessions).  Founder and Director of the PhotoTherapy Centre in Vancouver (Canada), Judy has long been considered the "world authority" on the techniques of both PhotoTherapy and
Therapeutic Photography.  Author of "
PhotoTherapy Techniques: Exploring the Secrets of Personal Snapshots and Family Albums", 


People Who Grow Up Dancing are Happier, Less Stressed and Smarter

Once you lace up your pointe shoes, there’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 “The Nutcracker,” every dance to a dancer seems like a magical fairytale… and we get to dance it.


Mark Gilbert

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 patients’ 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



Room 217 Foundation Music Care - Recorded Webinars

​Create Connect: Creative Activity Workbook

Making music with young people on the autistic spectrum - Booklet

The Art of Inclusion - McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Concept Brief: Can the Arts Help Stop the Spread of the Ebola Virus in West Africa?

Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of community singing on mental health-related quality of life of older people: randomised controlled trial

Playbuilding as Qualitative Research: A Participatory Arts-based Approach

Make sure to check out Arts Health BC's ever-growing database of arts & health journal articles on Mendeley.
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