Role of art centres for Aboriginal Australians living with dementia in remote communities

Melissa Lindeman, Paulene Mackell, Xiaoping Lin, Annie Farthing, Heather Jensen, Maree Meredith, Betty Haralambous

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    Abstract

    Objective: To explore the role art centres in remote communities play for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians living with dementia.

    Methods: A comprehensive literature search was undertaken, with no restrictions on articles regarding year of publication.

    Results: Art programmes have been found to be of benefit to both people living with dementia and their carers, particularly when programmes are administered in environments that are culturally revered. Findings indicate remote art centres play a key role in maintaining traditions, culture and practices unique to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, but there is a gap in knowledge regarding how they cater for the needs of people with dementia.

    Conclusion: Addressing this gap will be helpful in remote areas where prevalence of dementia is up to five times that of non-Aboriginal people, and there are limited health and support services. Further research is required to explore strengths and gaps of current practices.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)128-133
    Number of pages6
    JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
    Volume36
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

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    Lindeman, M., Mackell, P., Lin, X., Farthing, A., Jensen, H., Meredith, M., & Haralambous, B. (2017). Role of art centres for Aboriginal Australians living with dementia in remote communities. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 36(2), 128-133. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12443