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Dr. Pia Kontos, Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

#HASTALKS: A Critical Exploration of Creativity and Dementia at the Intersection of Embodiment, Relationality and Citizenship

Co-hosted with the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging. Pia Kontos, Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and Senior Scientist, KITE-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, will discuss her empirical research findings to illustrate how the relational model of citizenship brings a new and critical dimension to understanding the creativity of persons living with dementia while also addressing broader issues of their inclusivity and the ethical imperative to fully support engagement with the arts through institutional policies, structures, and practices.

Oct 05, 2020


#HASTALKS
is a seminar series curated by The Department of Health, Aging & Society at McMaster University.

This event is co-hosted with the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging.

A Critical Exploration of Creativity and Dementia at the Intersection of Embodiment, Relationality and Citizenship

Engagement with the arts is increasingly advocated to reduce stigma and to increase social inclusion of persons living with dementia since the arts so powerfully support non-verbal communication, affect, and the opportunity to participate in activities that are meaningful to self and to others. However, for the most part, the arts are implemented as a therapeutic intervention with the aim of reducing neuropsychiatric symptoms associated with dementia, and improving cognitive and physical health outcomes. The enrichment that the arts bring to human lives is thus obscured by treating the arts exclusively as a means to a therapeutic end. Dr. Pia Kontos will discuss this limitation with reference to a relational model of citizenship that recognizes corporeality and relationality as fundamental to human existence, and that brings a new and critical dimension to understanding the importance of creativity in the context of dementia.

Date: October 28, 2020
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 pm (ET)
Online Session: Register for this event

ALL are welcome to attend this FREE virtual session!

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