Press Release

11 November 2011

Paul M Camic, Professor of Psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University, will be a key note speaker at a national conference hosted by 'Arts4Dementia' on Monday 14 November at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The full day conference will present the value and most effective means to bring artistic stimulation to people living with dementia in the community, to enable them to live better and longer in their own homes.

Speaking alongside several other leading figures in arts and health, and the care services, Paul will discuss ‘The Evidence for Arts and Dementia Care: Recent Research Findings'. 

Paul Camic, Professor of Psychology and Research Director in the Applied Psychology Department at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “There is increasing evidence from international and UK research that the arts can play a significant role in helping to improve the quality of life for family carers and people with a dementia. In addition, the arts can help reduce carer burden and stress, and provide a non-clinical, interactive experience that is enjoyed by carer and family member alike”.

Paul has recently published a paper in the journal Dementia on the impact of a singing group with carers and family members with dementia and is currently lead investigator of a study at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London looking at the impact of viewing and making art in a gallery context.

Paul’s talk will be accompanied by other key note speeches on the dementia care pathway as well guidelines for outreach at arts venues for people in the early stages of dementia and their carers.

Other speakers at the conference include, Baroness Greengross OBE, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia and the Chair of the New Dynamics of Ageing, alongside Harry Cayton OBE, Author of the Department of Health and Arts Council England, A Prospectus for Arts and Health.

The conference will welcome directors and education managers of arts organisations, social services directors and managers, community mental health teams, care managers, GPs, carers, Admiral nurses, psychiatrists and local councils.

For more information about the conference, visit www.arts4dementia.org.uk/News/arts-4-dementia-best-practice-conference 

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services. With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college

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