Dementia Dialogue

Episode 45- Communication through improv- Arts 7

April 19, 2022

A Toronto-based mental health clinician and artist specializing in aging, older age, and dementia, Aynsley Moorhouse elaborates on how the fundamental principles of theatre improv, such as saying “yes, and”, are also central to caregiving and communicating with people living with dementia. Improv teaches care partners about living in the now and supporting one’s partner by making them “look good”. She now works with care partners at the Reitman Centre using the principles of improv to connect with the people living with dementia they are supporting.

Resources:

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Website: www.dementiacarers.ca

https://www.brainandlife.org/articles/how-improvisational-techniques-help-engage-dementia-patients/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/play-your-way-sane/202004/improvisations-benefits-people-dementia

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