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Not just about art: Queensland gallery lets people with dementia get creative


Based on similar programs in Australia and overseas, the Art and Dementia tour at the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is designed to give people with dementia – and their carers – a chance to talk about art and even create their own artworks.

The free 60-minute tours, which have been running since 2014, focus on four specially chosen artworks and are sensory-based to help encourage participants to connect their own thoughts and memories with the artworks.

We think it’s a great idea – and one that’s been proven to make a difference.

As we reported here, a study on a similar program at the Art Gallery of New South Wales found looking at art helped people with dementia deal with the stress of recalling memories – and benefitted carers and family members too.

The tours are available to people living at home, community and day respite groups or aged care residents with at least 15 days’ booking notice required for groups.

For more information, click here.

Participants can create their own artworks.

Lauren is a journalist for, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

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