Updated: 04/10/2014 01:44

Arts and Dementia Programme

Arts and Dementia Programme

The Alzheimer's Disease Association says the year-long pilot of its Arts and Dementia Programme has benefitted some 60 patients. 

They were brought on guided tours around the Peranakan Museum as well as photo-taking excursions to Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Botanic Gardens. 

Eight museum tours and 20 photography outings were conducted in total. 

It's part of the association's effort to reach out to dementia patients through arts activities. 

Executive Director Theresa Lee says they were inspired by a similar programme in New York's Museum of Modern Art. 

"In their art gallery, they have this weekly programme where they bring persons with dementia to the art gallery and then get them to share their experiences when they see a piece of art. Coming back here, we say, 'Why not let's explore the Peranakan museum because that's very cultural?' And that's how we started to bring the arts to persons with dementia. And we've also included photography as another form of visual arts."

But she admits that the success of the project is difficult to quantify. 

"How do we measure the impact of this project? It's actually when we look at the smiles of our clients. When we see there's a sparkle in their eyes."

The programme for a second run in July. 

Details for phase 2 are still in the works.

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