An amazing day yesterday. I spoke at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, for the Fifth Annual Conference of “Creative Dementia”: This fantastic organisation provides a forum for a network of arts-based activities for people of all ages living with dementia.
The activities include: singing, dance, painting, playing instruments, art appreciation, performing… and more besides. All these help restore vigour, purpose, excitement, stimulation, and self –worth to the many whose lives have ceased to have meaning.
As someone with PCA, the same unusual form of Alzheimer’s which afflicted Terry Pratchett, I cannot stress enough how wonderful it is to be able still to express yourself through the arts; how essential for the soul; how important for wellbeing.
I felt so privileged to speak yesterday: The atmosphere was quite incredible, and the warmth of the audience – more than a hundred strong – the feeling enveloped me.
Thank you, to Maria Parsons, Co-founder , for inviting me.