The impact of community-based arts and health interventions on cognition in people with dementia: a systematic literature review

Young, Rhea, Camic, Paul M. and Tischler, V. (2015) The impact of community-based arts and health interventions on cognition in people with dementia: a systematic literature review. Aging & Mental Health. ISSN 1360-7863.

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Abstract

Objectives: Dementia is a progressive condition, affecting increasing numbers of people, characterised by cognitive decline. The current systematic review aimed to evaluate research pertaining to the impact of arts and health interventions on cognition in people with dementia.

Method: A literature search was conducted utilising PsychInfo, Cochrane Reviews, Web of Science, Medline and British Humanities Index databases. Seventeen studies were included in the review, including those related to literary, performing and visual arts.

Results: The review highlighted this as an emerging area of research with the literature consisting largely of small-scale studies with methodological limitations including lack of control groups and often poorly defined samples. All the studies suggested, however, that arts-based activities had a positive impact on cognitive processes, in particular on attention, stimulation of memories, enhanced communication and engagement with creative activities.

Conclusion: The existent literature suggests that arts activities are helpful interventions within dementia care. A consensus has yet to emerge, however, about the direction for future research including the challenge of measurement and the importance of methodological flexibility. It is suggested that further research address some of these limitations by examining whether the impact of interventions vary depending n cognitive ability and to continue to assess how arts interventions can be of use across the stages of dementia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Literary arts; visual arts; performing arts; dementia
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0309 Consciousness. Cognition
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0511 Affection. Feeling. Emotion > BF0515 Well-being
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0076.5 Psychology research
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts > N0400 Art museums, galleries, etc.
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1560 The performing arts. Show business
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0435 Psychiatry > RC0512 Psychopathology. Mental disorders > RC0521 Dementia
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology > Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Prof Paul M Camic
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2015 11:48
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2016 15:53
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/13230

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