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May 11th, 2018

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 People living with dementia discuss art at a Royal Academy InMind session. Photograph: Roy Matthews

People living with dementia discuss art at a Royal Academy InMind session. Photograph: Roy Matthews

The co-founder of John’s Campaign on a new parliamentary report that confirms the profoundly beneficial role of the arts in helping people with dementia

A few weeks ago, turning on the radio, I hear a voice saying that creative writing can help wounds heal faster. Startled, I turn the volume up. Volunteers were given small wounds; half were then asked to write about something distressing in their life, the other half about something mundane. The wounds of the confessional writers healed substantially more quickly. A thought or a feeling is felt on the skin. Our minds, which have power over our bodies, are in our bodies and are our bodies: we cannot separate the two. Words, self-expression, can tangibly help pain and suffering. Art can be medicine, for body and soul. Full story.

Nicci Gerrard (The Guardian) / July 16, 2017

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