21 March 2022
Welcome to our new look Creative Ageing Notebook - bringing you the latest news, research, events and opportunities in the creative ageing sector from all around the world. 

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Mid North Coast Creative Ageing Festival 2022

After two years of COVID the Mid North Coast Creative Ageing Festival returns from March 24 to
April 7. This previously annual event acknowledges the valuable role that seniors play in our
community and highlights the importance of engaging in the arts and creative activities to foster
good health and wellbeing as people age. The Festival offers opportunities for older people to
participate in the arts through exhibitions, performances, film screenings, workshops, discussion
groups, networking and sharing of experiences and information. 
Visit the Creative Ageing Festival page
Creative Activity in the Ageing Population
This 2021 report presents findings on creative activity participation among older adults in Ireland using data from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College Dublin, a nationally representative study of community dwelling adults aged 50 years or older in Ireland. The report explores a broad selection of creative activities in the context of social demographics, physical and behavioural health, and the impact of creative activity on quality of life, loneliness, depression, perceived stress and worry. It presents a unique insight into participation in creative activity by older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many other useful reports and studies on this Arts & Health website. 
Read the report here
Some Dance to Remember
Image: Adapted Céilí Dance for English language students at Limerick International Study Centre; on right is Principal/Director of Munster Academy of Dance Carmel McKenna. Photo credit: Carmel McKenna.
This report outlines the findings of an inclusive dance research project using adaptive Irish Céilí dance and traditional Irish music for people living with dementia and their professional carers. The dance sessions took place in a dementia care day programme in the greater Midwest region of Ireland from October 2019 to February 2020.A key finding was dance participants living with dementia displayed an enhanced ability to reminisce before, during and after each dance activity. In some cases, the reminiscence process gave care staff access to new knowledge about the person with dementia and informed life-story work and person-centred care plans at the Centre.
Read more here
Virtual Art Snacks
Image: Ro Burns presenting Arts Snacks Visual Arts workshop: Photo Ro Burns
Arts OutWest’s Virtual Art Snacks is an interactive creative arts program delivered using remote technologies into Multi-Purpose Services (MPS) across the Western NSW Local Health District. It began in August 2021 in the first six of the 25 MPS (small rural hospitals): in Dunedoo, Oberon, Warren, Barradine, Nyngan and Blayney. The three year project delivers weekly workshops online rain, hail or shine and invites residents to learn new skills, meet new people and enjoy visual arts, music, movement/dance and storytelling. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive highlighting that the workshops create social connections, foster wellbeing and are a fun and creative way to connect with residents in other rural settings across the district.
Read more here
Funding for Mid North Coast
Creative Ageing Events
Look out for funding opportunities to develop professionally led capacity building creative ageing events to be delivered the second half of 2022. Our CASP grants to open June 1, closing June 30 for activities July to December 2022 will have a focus this year on creative ageing projects including intergenerational activities. Watch our website and Artsblast Newsletter for details.

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