On July 4 to July 27, 2014 we celebrated our 10th anniversary of our Society for the Arts in Dementia Care at the Ferry Building Gallery in West Vancouver, BC, with the kind support from the Alzheimer’s Society Research Program and the West Vancouver Community Foundation. For 3 weeks we exhibited highlights of the Society’s permanent art collection, which was established with the help of the Alzheimer Society of Canada several years ago.
The idea for the Society originated in British Columbia in 2003. It grew out of my own experience. I developed a program of Creative Expression Activities in my work with seniors with dementia. I was also supported by the Alzheimer Society of Canada through my graduate studies. Over the years, my main goal was to engage a wider audience of professionals and practitioners in exchanging ideas and strategies to be addressed in dementia care with a focus on the creative arts.