‘To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.’

'You have given me freedom and it tastes so good.'

‘You have given me freedom and it tastes so good.’

It’s Saturday and mercury is racing up the thermometer, hitting 30 degrees. Vancouver is in holiday mood with buses full of people heading for the beach and Saturday farmers market in Bute St. where local residents are also selling off books, clothes and shoes on the sidewalk. Well I was on one of those buses heading north over the Lions Gate Bridge over Burrard Inlet and back to Ferry Building Gallery at Ambleside Landing where the Society for Arts in Dementia Care held two more presentations from experts.

First Jeanne Sommerfield, Creative Moments in Everyday Relationship, gave us a brilliant overview of her approach using poetry, art, conversation, drama, encouraging expression of thought, giving back to  individuals with dementia their sense of self.   Then Michael Berg involved us all in a practical session of improv and physical activities which he uses regularly with older people with dementia in an assisted living facility, enabling vitality.

Isn’t this what we want for all of us? We live in a society of ‘them’ and ‘us’ but one day soon we will be one of them . When we look back through history and cringe over our paternalistic attitudes to people of different ethnicity or physical ability or gender, it seems a bit shocking that we  still perpetuate an attitude that strips people with dementia of any individuality.  Words and art  from the exhibition say it all above.

Tomorrow I’m off to Victoria, Vancouver Island via ferry and three more days in beautiful, watery, friendly Canada.

Heritage Houses in Bute St.

Heritage Houses  in Bute  St.

 

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One thought on “‘To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.’

  1. Anna says:

    The more I’ve been reading about your adventures, the more I have been thinking that what you’re exploring applies to everyone, not just to ‘older people’ (am I one of THEM yet?) and this is just what you’re saying here. Synchronicity eh? (is it true that this is a Canadian speech habit? to end a sentence with ‘eh?’).

    Wouldn’t it be grand to live in a world where creativity was encouraged and actively enabled for ALL ages??? Where creative workshops of every description were readily and *freely* available, as common as going to the gym, or the pub or shopping, or whatever it is people do without really thinking about it.

    Oh well, we can but dream… or alternatively, get ourselves a WCMT fellowship and go out there and explore what’s happening across the world! Well done Romi!

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