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living with dementia
Drawing Life provides access to the arts and a place for social interaction. When the
lockdowns stopped face to face art classes, we produced two unique sketchbooks containing
photos of our models opposite a blank page for drawing, and scores of original line drawings
by our team of artists for colouring in. Books can be ordered here, and you can view working
artists making drawings in the sketchbook here.

Picasso said it took him a lifetime to learn to paint like a child. Drawing Life puts this typically paradoxical statement to the test. Drawing Life works with people in all stages of dementia.     

People who may or may not have done life drawing before express themselves in new and surprising ways. Explore our Gallery to see what we mean.

The drawings reveal something fascinating about life and memory to the artists themselves, they offer carers new subjects to talk about with those who may have lost the art of conversation and they show how people living with dementia want to preserve their identity with their own still relevant viewpoint.

Drawing Life is committed to making our classes and workshops available to more people and in more places. We are currently developing online creative training courses for carers so that they can do what we do further afield. Watch this space!

Life drawing improves the wellbeing of participants and in turn combats stigmas associated with dementia, raising awareness to the wider public.

Dementia is one of the main causes of disability in later life, ahead of cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke. In the UK, one person every three minutes develops dementia, and by 2025 there will be one million people affected, with this figure doubling in just 26 years. Drawing Life is working with academics in art and science to devise ways to contribute to research in this vital field.

Drawing of the Week by Brian, 2019

📢 Today is #CarersRightsDay! #CaringCosts in many ways, not least financially, now more than ever due to the cost of living crisis. Caring can also take an emotional toll that affects employment and damages relationships, whether through not being able to take time out to be with loved ones, or through changes to the relationship with those they care for. 
@careforthecarers is helping to raise awareness of rights, benefits and support that unpaid carers are entitled to but may not be aware of. 

Read an article by @judyparkinson for the #HastingsOnlineTimes at the link in our bio

#dementia #carers #careforcarers #carersuk #alzheimersawareness #dementiaawareness #dementiasupport #dementiacare #alzheimerscare #alzheimerscaregiver #dementiacaregiver #dementiafriends #alzheimerssociety #adventurebeforedementia #alzheimersresearch

📢 Today is #CarersRightsDay! #CaringCosts in many ways, not least financially, now more than ever due to the cost of living crisis. Caring can also take an emotional toll that affects employment and damages relationships, whether through not being able to take time out to be with loved ones, or through changes to the relationship with those they care for.
@careforthecarers is helping to raise awareness of rights, benefits and support that unpaid carers are entitled to but may not be aware of.

Read an article by @judyparkinson for the #HastingsOnlineTimes at the link in our bio

#dementia #carers #careforcarers #carersuk #alzheimersawareness #dementiaawareness #dementiasupport #dementiacare #alzheimerscare #alzheimerscaregiver #dementiacaregiver #dementiafriends #alzheimerssociety #adventurebeforedementia #alzheimersresearch
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Excited to be sending some books over to the team at @dementiactive. Dementia Active is a wonderful charity that provides social activity groups for people living with dementia. Activities include gentle exercise, dancing, arts and crafts and every few weeks - a professional entertainer! Find out more about them on their website and social media channels.

#dementiaactivities #dementiasupport #dementiafriends #dementiafriendly #dementiaactive #dementiacare #activitiesfordementia #artstherapy #arttherapy

Excited to be sending some books over to the team at @dementiactive. Dementia Active is a wonderful charity that provides social activity groups for people living with dementia. Activities include gentle exercise, dancing, arts and crafts and every few weeks - a professional entertainer! Find out more about them on their website and social media channels.

#dementiaactivities #dementiasupport #dementiafriends #dementiafriendly #dementiaactive #dementiacare #activitiesfordementia #artstherapy #arttherapy
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