Nottingham has been chosen as one of the main locations for research into dementia, to reinvent ways in which the illness will be treated in the future.
The University of Nottingham and researchers at the University of Worcester have been given a £5 million investment.
The brand new project will create a research ‘hub’ to focus on how arts such as painting and singing can help improve treatment for the illness.
The initiative which will be based at both the Universities has been paid for by the Alzheimer’s society and will support six new PHD students to investigate the impact of creative arts activities on people living with dementia in residential homes and in the community.
Future treatment and care will be influenced by the results which this research uncovers.
“We know that activity groups can help people with dementia and their carers to stay socially connected and to enjoy a better quality of life”, said Professor Justine Schneider, lead researcher at NTU. “But there has been very little research done to show the value of creative arts activities.”