Dance and Dementia: Challenge and Ethics of a Collaborative Arts-Medical Research
CCD (Singapore) and Unesco-NIE CARE present
Ethics and Approaches with Vulnerable Communities:
Dance and Dementia:
Challenge and Ethics of a Collaborative Arts-Medical Research
6th Feb 7pm
@ CCD Studio, Goodman Arts Centre, Blk B, #05-02, S
Eldercare is an urgent issue in Singapore. Care for persons with dementia is primarily focused on clinical and medical support and intervention.
Angela Liong, cultural medallion recipient and artistic director of The Arts Fission Company, Dr Ng Li Ling, Senior Consultant, Community Psychogeriatric Programme (CPGP), Changi Hospital and Felicia Low, Director, CCD Singapore discuss a collaborative arts-medical research project which explores alternative intervention in the form of creative movement and dance.
Dr Ng will define dementia and present innovative intervention strategies which have been undertaken by the CPGP.
Felicia Low discusses the processes and challenges of negotiating a research initiative with a hospital and approaches used in past and current research.
Angela shares the development of her curriculum design and ethical considerations as an artist.
Please register at: http://apesnap.com/event/DanceDementia
About the speakers:
Dr Ng Li-Ling is a Senior Consultant Psychiatrist currently practising at the Department of Psychological Medicine, Changi General Hospital, Singapore. She received specialist training in the field of Psychogeriatrics in the United Kingdom in 1991. Since 1993, she has been the Vice-President of the Singapore Alzheimer’s Disease Association and has had significant experience in the management of people with dementia and their families. In addition Dr Ng is actively involved in the planning of services for the elderly with mental illnesses, and is a strong advocate for the greater awareness of the special needs of this sub-group.
Angela Liong received the Cultural Medallion in Dance for 2009, and is an avid contemporary dance advocate and active practicing choreographer in Singapore since the mid 1980s. She initiated and headed Singapore’s first full-time dance diploma program at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1989, and later became the dean of the School of Performing Arts at LASALLE- SIA College of the Arts in 1998 where she implemented Singapore’s first dance degree program in affiliation with Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Since early 2008, Angela has been working to expand the dance discipline as a creative tool in the development of alternative intervention programs for ageing and eldercare. She has collaborated with neurologists from SGH in 2011 on a pilot research project using creative movement to reinforce kinetic memory for dementia patients. In 2014, she is to collaborate with the Agency for Integrated Care to develop a trainer’s manual on creative movement curriculum for healthcare staff working in senior rehab centers and nursing homes.
Felicia Low is currently a doctoral scholar at the NUS (Cultural Studies in Asia). She has been a practicing visual artist since 1999. Her projects have mostly been site-specific and over recent years, have come to be community-specific as she works collaboratively with different sectors of society. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Youth In Education Award 2005 and was selected for the President’s Young Talent Show 2009 organized by the Singapore Art Museum. She is an Associate Artist with The Substation (2012-2014). Felicia is also the founding director of a not-for-profit organization, Community Cultural Development (Singapore), which aims to provide a critical discursive platform for artistic practices that engage with communities in the region. Her doctoral research looks into the politics of visual art practices with subaltern communities in Singapore.