- DEMEDARTS. Dementia.Empathy.Education.Arts.
Project lead: Ruth Mateus-Berr
Institute of Art Sciences and Art Education
Austrian Science Fund (FWF): AR 609 Programm zur Entwicklung und Erschließung der Künste (PEEK)
Artistic Research on Patterns of Perception and Action in the Context of an Aging Society
125 million people worldwide live with dementia, 10 million in Europe alone. The number of people affected increases every three seconds and will have doubled by 2050. Personal and social challenges are the result. When tasks such grocery shopping, money transactions and travelling to unknown places become difficult and people with dementia withdraw from society for fear of rejection and embarrassment, it is not only those affected who need support, but above all society must be sensitized. DEMEDARTS, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) A-609 PEEK, addresses these challenges. DEMEDARTS is located at the Center for Didactics in Art and Interdisciplinary Teaching at the University of Applied Arts, in collaboration with national cooperation partners: mdw - University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna: W. Aigner for music education; University of Vienna: F. Kayali digitalization in schools; Alzheimer Austria: A. Croy, president of Alzheimer Austria; Haus der Barmherzigkeit: B. Hobl, psychiatry for the elderly; M.C. Gambal, Dep. Director of the nursing staff; Schulschiff: H.Schwarz, for education and international cooperation partners: S. McNiff (US), for artistic research and health, Cambridge; V.F. Gould (GB), President at Arts4Dementia; T. von Eca (PT), President of INSEA, society of art educators of the world; R. Smilde (NL), for Meaningful Music in Healthcare;
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