Adriane Boag, National Gallery of Australia


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Adriane Boag, Educator, Youth and Community Programs, National Gallery of Australia presented at the M&GSQ State Conference 2011 on "Art and Alzheimer's Outreach Program case study".

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  • If there 100 billion stars in the Galaxy then imagine them as cells in your brain. Check this The term ‘dementia’ describes the symptoms of a large group of treatable, but incurable diseases of the brain which cause a progressive decline in a person’s functioning. It is a broad term used to describe loss of memory, loss of intellect, rationality, social skils and normal emotional reactions. Although it is most common in those over 65 years, it is not a normal or inevitable part of ageing. Despite some known risk factors it is not possible to say if dementia is preventable. Diagnosis of each type of dementia is complex and cannot be confirmed until examination after death. Some of the most common types of dementia’s are Alzheimer’s disease Vascular dementia And Fronto Temporal Lobar Degeneration Behavioural changes are bvery common for people living with Dementia. These include aggression, anxiety and agitation. Agitation can in turn be caused by the effect of the disease on the brain or changes in the environment, medications, fatigue, pain and stress or changes to feelings of self worth and dignity.
  • Outcomes: Intellectual stimulation through meaningful activity A reduction in the social stigma associated with Dementia. An improved understanding of this health issue within regional and remote communities Improved feeling of self-worth and well being for participants Extension of existing social networks for participants Stimulation of an outing to a cultural institution Development of procedural memory through a program of tours Increased confidence of participants to engage Enjoyment in learning about art. Sharing of memories and stories which result in a reconnection for participants with their personal histories and therefore their identity. Increased engagement and animation of participants during and possibly following the tours An increased professional development and skills base for gallery staff, education staff from Alzheimer’s Australia and health professionals The development of partnerships between arts, medical professionals and other organizations The sharing of expertise between cultural institutions Increased involvement between NGA, Alzheimer’s Australia and regional gallery staff and communities.
  • Adriane Boag, National Gallery of Australia

    1. 1. Plenary: Agents of Social Change Hall A, MECC Chair: Jo Besley Adriane Boag Educator, Youth and Community Programs, National Gallery of Australia Art and Alzheimer's Outreach Program case study
    2. 2. Art and Alzheimer’s Program
    3. 3. <ul><li>Dementia is not a normal part of ageing </li></ul><ul><li>An estimated 269,000 Australians currently live with dementia </li></ul><ul><li>One in four people over the age of 85 have dementia </li></ul><ul><li>Each week, there are 1500 new cases of dementia in Australia </li></ul><ul><li>Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke </li></ul><ul><li>Dementia is fatal and, as yet, there is no cure </li></ul><ul><li>Information taken from the Alzheimer’s Australia website </li></ul>National Facts and Figures 2011
    4. 4. The Milky Way near the Southern Cross A brain affected by Alzheimer’s (left) compared to a healthy brain (right) The Milky way near the Southern Cross, 1996
    5. 5. Unknown maker Anindilyakwa people, Australia Groote Eylandt Canoe 1965 natural earth pigments and natural string on wood
    6. 6. <ul><li>Aims of an Art and Alzheimer’s Program </li></ul><ul><li>Promote social inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Provide intellectual stimulation for people living with Dementia </li></ul><ul><li>Improve wellbeing and quality of life </li></ul><ul><li>Promote within the general public a greater awareness of this health issue </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce the social stigma associated with Dementia. </li></ul>
    7. 9. Herbert MCCLINTOCK Three Faces 1940 Painting, oil on canvas on board
    8. 10. Hossein Valamanesh Falling 1990, wood, bamboo, sand ,steel, black granite 390 x 55 x 50 cm
    9. 11. Art and Alzheimer’s Outreach Program 2010- 2011 <ul><li>Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie, NSW </li></ul><ul><li>Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria </li></ul><ul><li>Newcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW </li></ul><ul><li>New England Regional Art Museum, NSW </li></ul><ul><li>Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW </li></ul><ul><li>Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW </li></ul><ul><li>National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria </li></ul>
    10. 13. Art Gallery of Ballarat ‘’ this is important work and an important program – I would like to see it happen nationally ‘ ‘ I now understand the need for partnerships with community organisations (in order) to implement and sustain such a program’ ‘ this is an area I have little working knowledge of. Following the training I fell motivated to be actively involved in a pilot program at our Gallery” Quotes from participants in training workshop. The Glasshouse Gallery Port Macquarie