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A Trip Down Memory Lane at Cadogan Court, Exeter

Friday 22 February 2019

In a unique and innovative collaboration between the Royal Benevolent Institution (RMBI) Home Cadogan Court in Exeter, the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA) and local artist Eric Gray, residents and staff at Cadogan Court have taken a creative trip down memory lane.

Research shows that art sessions can have a positive effect for people living with dementia. The concept of Memory Lane is to explore how this creative outlet might help build friendships between residents and staff by providing and alternative way to communicate, thereby increasing understanding, empathy and compassion.

Participants worked collectively over a period of eight weeks to create an artistic depiction of a fictional neighbourhood street, from real memories of their previous homes.

Gina Awad, lead for the Exeter Dementia Alliance said:

"We are always reflecting on ideas that may benefit people living with dementia in the community. Cadogan Court approached us about possible outreach work and from these discussions the idea for the Memory Lane project was born. People living with dementia often get the sensation they are lacking in skills but in art there is no right or wrong, only the creation of a safe space where residents can connect with the art work and memories."

For more information please contact Gina Awad