We are raising funds to help more older people on the Isle of Wight, who live in care homes or alone to join in arts for wellbeing activities to improve their mental and physical health and to engage socially with exciting and enlightening experiences. Led by professional artists - musicians etc.,
It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021
Registered Charity in England and Wales (297474)
Older people on the Isle of Wight are more isolated than ever since the pandemic. Whilst many creative and social activities have migrated online, the older population living alone and those in care homes, have been excluded. Those living with poor mental health such as dementia have found life extremely tough. Older people living alone may have lost confidence, become more afraid and have missed 18 months worth of social activity and vital health monitoring appointments. Many have lost carers.
Our charity has been providing therapeutic arts for wellbeing activities for older people on the Island for 35 years. Working both in community settings and in care homes, want to resume music and movement activities plus companionship and crafting to hundreds of older residents in 2022. Our highly skilled artists are regular visitors and familiar trusted faces (many of them have their own experience of caring for older relatives) and our volunteers assist staff to create joyous experiences.
As well as seeing old friends from our existing groups we have mage new ones - these sessions are invaluable to those who are living alone. Having something to look forward to for an hour a week is wonderful beyond words.
J has thrived both physically and emotionally from attending workshops. He overcame his loss of confidence in moving around attending project outings. As a result J's overall happiness has improved.
Even though arts were not a priority during the peak of the pandemic, places where the worst of the outbreak seems to have passed may want to start thinking about how the arts can be part of the healthcare recovery process.
Arts-based health interventions are uniquely placed to address the full complexity of the challenges that being healthy and well are increasingly recognised to present.
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