DEMENTIA Advocacy

Frames of Mind are committed to supporting the quality of life of families living with dementias, through creative digital engagement.

We have developed a unique programme of stimulating and meaningful activities, using stop frame animation, digital arts and sensory engagement as an empowering communication tool to improve the health and wellbeing of participants.

Our professional artists work to people’s strengths, never underestimating what is possible. Whether working with participants to animate a significant object or create a digital self-portrait, the
aim of our approach is to enhance experience in the moment, through humour, sensitivity and immersive play.

All our projects are designed to support participants to maintain links with their skills and lived experiences.

We believe empowerment and affirmation of self are fundamental to wellbeing.

You have shown me what possibilities exist …. Because if people use their imagination there are no limits are there?

- Lawrence, Participant The Person Within

DEMENTIA Advocacy

Frames of Mind are committed to supporting the quality of life of families living with dementias, through creative digital engagement.

We have developed a unique programme of stimulating and meaningful activities, using stop frame animation, digital arts and sensory engagement as an empowering communication tool to improve the health and wellbeing of participants.


Our professional artists work to people’s strengths, never underestimating what is possible. Whether working with participants to animate a significant object or create a digital self-portrait, the
aim of our approach is to enhance experience in the moment, through humour, sensitivity and immersive play.


All our projects are designed to support participants to maintain links with their skills and lived experiences.

We believe empowerment and affirmation of self are fundamental to wellbeing.

You have shown me what possibilities exist …. Because if people use their imagination there are no limits are there?

- Participant, Lawrence

BRINGING STORIES TO LIFE

Stop Frame Animation is is an all-encompassing activity that can be immensely therapeutic, improve mood and focus for people experiencing a dementia. Making creative decisions and making things happen is empowering and promotes feelings of autonomy and control.
The animation process provides a platform for ‘play’ that places the participant firmly in the ‘now ‘. This suspension of disbelief and liberation from the ‘literal’ provides an opportunity for creative expression that can transcend time and language.

Choosing objects which link with skills or interests can trigger narratives and stimulate dialogue.

Participants find the rhythmic action of repeatedly capturing the frames calming and reassuring.

The ability to review the animation at any stage helps alleviate any potential anxiety of ‘losing your place’, boosting confidence.

The animation can be revisited and continued over several sessions.

Completed films provide an invaluable testament for family, friends and care staff.

Frames Of Mind : telling personal stories through animated films. Journal of Dementia Care (Vol 19 No6 2011)

Frames of Mind sessions are accessible, well designed and great fun. I could see significant benefits; enhanced motivation and well-being for participants and job satisfaction for staff.

I think there is a real need and scope for more creative digital activities, like these.

- Alison Teader, Programme Director
Arts in Care Homes, NAPA

Evaluation of Frames of Mind stop frame animation project, at The Watermill, Walsall for residents, staff, carers and families revealed:

positive outcomes in terms of; communication, empowerment, wellbeing, cognitive abilities and relationships for all participants.

- H21 Research and Evalution

The Process has helped me see Ivy as a person with a life and a past, not just a passive receiver of my care

- Donna – The Watermill Ivy’s keyworker.

Evaluation of Frames of Mind stop frame animation project, at The Watermill-Walsall for residents, staff, carers and families revealed:

significant positive outcomes in terms of; communication, empowerment, wellbeing, cognitive abilities and relationships for all participants

- H21 Research and Evaluation

SPONTANEOUS CREATIVITY

Whether connecting to large screen for group interactions or intimate one to one communications, creative apps provide a truly accessible, flexible and responsive platform for exploration and expression.
Frames of Mind digital art programmes offer a selection of activities: digital books, collage, painting, self portraits, postcards, creative photography.

The responsive nature of touch screen technology has therapeutic haptic qualities, both calming and stimulating.

A multi-faceted research tool with immediate access to music, images and places.

Technology is a leveller and enabler with enormous potential for intergenerational connection.

The digital material is totally transferrable, work produced can be shared, celebrated, screened, projected or printed to personalise communal areas.

The Person Within : Exploring Identity Through Digital Art.
Journal of Dementia Care (Vol 23. No 6. 2015)

creative programmes

1 day workshops
6 – 12 week modular courses
Residencies

Co–devised, tailored projects responding to real needs

6 week digital art and animation course

Digital Self portraits from The Person Within project with C&C Housing Trust exhibited at The Menier Gallery, London.

FRAMES OF MIND

The Process has helped me see Ivy as a person with a life and a past, not just a passive receiver of my care

- Donna – The Watermill Ivy’s keyworker.

The Process has helped me see Ivy as a person with a life and a past, not just a passive receiver of my care.

- Donna, The Watermill, Ivy’s keyworker.

The film and animation project helped set a new vision and purpose for all of us, staff and residents alike.
It really helped staff believe that anything is possible, it challenged mindsets.

Rick Mayne, Centre Manager, Oakleigh Care Home

featured PROJECTS

The Water Mill in Walsall was a brand new specialist Dementia Residential Care home. Frames of Mind were commissioned to devise a participatory research project for Housing 21 Research & Development to investigate the impact of stop frame animation on levels of communication between staff and residents settling into their new environment together.

Age is Not Beige is an transformative participatory arts project which explored how, involving residents and staff in the decision making about the content, function and aesthetic of a shared living environment might impact their engagement and wellbeing.

A film and animation project commissioned by Jewish Care to ease the transition of care home to a new site after 42 years. Darlingly AbleCelebrates the stories, skills and creativity of the residents and staff.