Senedd Event – 16th March 2018

The LAUGH research team and My Home Life Cymru would like to invite you to ‘LAUGH – A celebration of love and life in care homes’ on Friday 16th March 2018, 10am – 12.30pm.

This event is the culmination of our three year international AHRC funded design for dementia research project. The LAUGH researchers have been working with people living with advanced dementia to develop a collection of playful objects to engage, comfort and bring pleasure.  This event is an opportunity to view the objects, meet the researchers and hear the stories behind the designs.

The event is in collaboration with My Home Life Cymru and ENRICH who are promoting good practice and research in care homes across Wales.

The event will be opened by Sarah Rochira, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales.

Other speakers will include:

Professor Cathy Treadaway, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Dr Jac Fennell, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Nick Andrews, Wales School for Social Care Research

Suzy Webster, My Home Life Cymru

The event will be closed by Lynne Neagle AM, Chair of the Cross-Party Group on Dementia.

We very much hope you will be able to join us to spread the word amongst those you represent about the LAUGH research and the benefits to wellbeing that playful objects can bring to people living with advanced dementia.  Please sign up to attend via our Eventbrite page.

The event will be held at The Senedd – National Assembly for Wales and is kindly sponsored by Lynne Neagle AM.

Research Features article and video

The LAUGH research features in the latest issue of Research Features.  The article shares the latest findings from the project and presents some of the prototypes designed and made for people living with advanced dementia.  The full article can be found here.

This video was made to accompany the article.

Design 4 Health conference, Melbourne

Gail gave two presentations about the LAUGH research at the Design 4 Health conference (4th – 7th December 2017).  This international conference for health and design practitioners and researchers was held in Melbourne, Australia.  It was hosted by the Centre for Design Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology and Lab4Living at Sheffield Hallam University.

Abstracts of the presentations (‘Design for dementia: Making spaces for uncertainty’ & ‘Craft as Purpose: Co-design for people living with advanced dementia’) will be published here soon.

UK Dementia Congress

David presented the latest research from the LAUGH project at the UK Dementia Congress.  This is the largest conference on dementia in the UK and was held at Doncaster Racecourse.  Over 700 delegates attended from professional experts, people living with dementia and carers, health and social care workers as well as specialists in dementia from other sectors including care homes, academia and the creative arts.

AHRC Development Lab: Arts + Cultural Interventions in Dementia

Jac was recently invited to participant in an AHRC Creative Development Lab at FACT Liverpool, on the theme of arts and cultural interventions in dementia care.  During this day-long event participants mapped the current state of the field and explored future opportunities for collaborations across disciplines.

The lab was part of a larger project to co-design a Creative Economy Health and Wellbeing Hub.

Chapter Hand i Pockets event for World Alzhiemer’s Month

The LAUGH team were invited to run a Hand i Pocket funshop as part of Chapter’s Tinted Lens: Alzheimer’s Awareness Day.  Chapter had organised a day of film, information sessions and dementia awareness to celebrate World Alzheimer’s Month.

Cathy and Gill encouraged people to join them in making sensory textiles pockets for people living with advanced dementia.  Thank you to everyone who stopped by to make one!

TAnDem Arts and Dementia conference – Malvern Theatres

Jac and David joined other academics, artists and practitioners at the TAnDem Arts and Dementia Conference: Making sense of arts and dementia, perspectives on research and practice, organised by the University of Worcester.  The conference explored the links between research, arts and dementia practice, and what happens when an artist works with people with dementia.  The event celebrated the potential of the arts to enrich and support the lives and care of people living with dementia.

Best Practice in Care Home Sector – Caring Times

Jac presented stories around the latest LAUGH playful objects at the Best Practice in the Care Home Sector conference.  This was the inaugural conference from the Caring Times publication, held at the MAC Theatre, Birmingham.  The conference was designed to highlight the excellent practice which is happening in residential care homes, and the LAUGH objects were received with a wonderful response.