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August 2020

The Benefits of Dance For People Living With Dementia

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Dance is seen as a viable therapy for those living with dementia because it combines physical and cognitive stimulation, which could maximize impact on neuropathy and cognition.

Jack McKechnie, our expert Lead Wellbeing Coordinator, talks us through the benefits and a quick activity for people living with dementia to try…

Did you know?

In a study conducted by researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine , 76% of those who danced frequently exhibited lesser signs of dementia compared to those who answered puzzles and read.

Mind, body & soul benefits

Mind: Taking part and learning new, unique dance routines – for example the Jive and the Cha Cha – will support the ability to learn something new, speed up brain processing and improve concentration.

Body: Dancing is an accessible and adaptable activity. You don’t have to be standing up to get your groove on! The benefits dancing has on your body include; improving strength, flexibility and helping with energy levels.

Soul: Exercise is known to improve mood. This is because it affects chemicals in your brain, such as dopamine and serotonin, which can affect your mood and thinking. But what gives dancing the edge is the joy and happiness it can spread, promoting new meaningful connections and reducing depression and anxiety.

Try this…

Why not play a game of musical statues with a meaningful twist? Source everyone’s favourite songs ready for the game. Ask people to partner up, and as the music plays, get them to dance together. When the music stops, everyone will have to freeze – the last pair to stop moving are out of the game!

During unprecedented times, Oomph! are keen to support with stimulating and varied content for older adults. As part of this, we are releasing resources based on our Oomph! skills workshops.

You can download the PDF of this resource here.

 

To find out more about our new virtual resources and support programme, email us here.

Top Tips For Developing A Painting – Part 3: Adding Detail

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In this three part special, we give top tips for beginners to pick up their paintbrushes – no matter what their ability.

Now we’ve covered the foundations of sketching here, and starting to paint here, it’s time to add the final detail! Jack McKechnie, our expert Lead Wellbeing Coordinator, guides us through it…

Precise Detail

The fun now begins as you can start to add more detail to your paintings. Now that the previous layers have dried, you can start to add in more detail, such as trees or boats. When adding more precise detail, it works best to use a smaller brush.

Tones & Shades

You can also add darker tones or shades to give the painting a more three dimensional feel. You could use pencil or pen when the painting is dry to add finer detail if you find this easier.

Finishing Touches

Once you have finished adding details, you may find that you have finished the painting. Alternatively, you may want to add more colour to the painting with further washes.

When you have gained more confidence, you can look at adding more effects with different techniques, for example, adding salt to the paint or paper.

The Art Gallery

This series has aimed to provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop your own artwork.

Why not encourage participants to get involved and develop your own art gallery? It’s very meaningful and a great way to evidence & celebrate what you’re doing.

During unprecedented times, Oomph! are keen to support with stimulating and varied content for older adults. As part of this, we are releasing resources based on our Oomph! skills workshops.

You can download the PDF of this resource here.

 

To find out more about our new virtual resources and support programme, email us here.

Top Tips For Developing A Painting – Part 2: Starting To Paint

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In this three part special, we give top tips for beginners to pick up their paintbrushes – no matter what their ability.

Now we’ve covered the foundations of sketching here, it’s time to get our brushes out to start painting! Jack McKechnie, our expert Lead Wellbeing Coordinator, guides us through it…

Washing it out

A lot of landscape paintings have the sky in a large block of one colour. This effect is created by adding a simple wash of colour to the background. You can achieve this by mixing a lot of paint with water so that it is watery and pale in colour. Use a big brush and paint this generously onto the paper to cover the area where the sky is.

Wet on wet

Use wet paint on your wet wash (called the “wet on wet technique”) to add additional colour to the sky. This will help you achieve a more natural look. Touches of yellow can help suggest sunshine or grey will give a gloomy landscape. To suggest clouds, you can leave parts of the paper white.

Using colour

It is important to avoid using dark colours straight away! These colours can bleed into lighter colours and can’t be reversed. Instead, start with pale colours and then introduce slightly darker colours, aiming to avoid using dark paints such as black until the end. If you use too much paint, or you’re not happy with the colour, you can remove it when the paint is wet with a paper towel.

Mix it up

A colour wheel allows you to mix colours to create new colours. A great ways to do this is by using primary and secondary colours. For example, you can use blue and red to make purple, if you don’t have it!

During unprecedented times, Oomph! are keen to support with stimulating and varied content for older adults. As part of this, we are releasing resources based on our Oomph! skills workshops. These resources, and more, will be uploaded to our Wellbeing Resources Hub.

 

You can download the PDF of this resource here.

 

To find out more about our new virtual resources and support programme, email us here.