Global perspectives on dementia and art: an international discussion about changing public health policy

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Whitehouse, P., Vella-Burrows, T. and Stevenson, D. 2018. Global perspectives on dementia and art: an international discussion about changing public health policy. Dementia: International Journal of social research and practice. 17 (6), pp. 785-797. https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301217739737
AuthorsWhitehouse, P., Vella-Burrows, T. and Stevenson, D.
Abstract

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.

KeywordsDementia; arts; humanities; evidence; international; policy; practice
Year2018
JournalDementia: International Journal of social research and practice
Journal citation17 (6), pp. 785-797
PublisherSage
ISSN1471-3012
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301217739737
Publication dates
Online08 Nov 2017
Print01 Aug 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited18 Dec 2018
Output statusPublished
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