Global perspectives on dementia and art: an international discussion about changing public health policy
Whitehouse, P., Vella-Burrows, T. and Stevenson, D. 2018. Global perspectives on dementia and art: an international discussion about changing public health policy. Dementia: The International Journal for Social Research and Practice. 17 (6), pp. 785-797. https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301217739737
|Authors||Whitehouse, P., Vella-Burrows, T. and Stevenson, D.|
In an era of global environmental deterioration and income inequity, public health faces many challenges, including the growing number of individuals, especially older people, with chronic diseases. Dementia is increasingly being seen not just as a biomedical problem to solve but as a public and community challenge to address more broadly. Concepts like prevention, brain health, and quality of life/well-being are receiving more attention. The engagement of community in addressing these challenges is being seen as critical to successful social adaptation. Arts programs are reinvigorating cultural responses to the growing number of older people with cognitive challenges. The humanities offer ways of understanding the power of words and stories in public discourse and a critical lens though which to view political and economic influences.
In this paper, we report on a panel held in London on the occasion of the conference at the Royal Society for Public Health in March, 2017, in which the authors presented. Key issues discussed included problem framing, the nature of evidence, the politics of power and influence, and the development of effective interventions. In this paper, we review the rejection of two policies, one on dementia and one on the arts and humanities in public health, by the American Public Health Association; the emergence of policies in the UK; and some of the state of the art practices, particularly in training, again focusing on the UK.
|Keywords||Dementia; arts; humanities; evidence; international; policy; practice|
|Journal||Dementia: The International Journal for Social Research and Practice|
|Journal citation||17 (6), pp. 785-797|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301217739737|
|Online||08 Nov 2017|
|01 Aug 2018|
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|Deposited||18 Dec 2018|
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