A pioneering new research project, which will address the impact of diagnosis on the bonds between people with young onset dementia and their caregivers using creative approaches, has been awarded £113,000 in funding by Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
The study, led by the University of Derby in collaboration with the University of Northampton, will research the impact of a series of arts in health workshops for people with younger onset dementia and their caregiver(s), with the aim of improving quality of life, family relationships and ability to manage a dementia diagnosis for participants.
Arts in health programmes focused on engagement through music, dance, and museums, are widely used to support people with dementia in later life and/or in care homes, but there has been little focus on using the arts for those under the age of 65 who live in the community.
Researchers at Derby and Northampton will invite two groups of five pairs (a person diagnosed with younger onset dementia and their caregiver(s)) to attend 10-weekly arts-based workshops, with support provided by drama, dance and storytelling experts, and a volunteering dementia expert from Dementia UK.
The arts-based workshops are based on a method called Neuro Dramatic Play (NDP) developed by pioneering