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GBHI: Co-creating Arts for Brain Health – a global perspective

September 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Atlantic Fellows showcase global diverse creative activities co-produced with people with dementia generating hope, engagement and inclusion

About this event

To mark world Alzheimer’s Month, the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) is hosting a webinar on Tuesday Sept. 6 2022 from 10:00-11:30 in collaboration with Veronica Franklin Gould, president of Arts 4 Dementia ( entitled “Co-creating arts for brain health – a global perspective”.

In this webinar, chaired by Professor Brian Lawlor, Deputy Executive Director of GBHI (University of California, San Francisco | Trinity College Dublin), we will showcase the diverse creative activities of Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health at GBHI that have been co-produced with and for people living with dementia that generate powerful messages of hope, engagement, inclusion and connection. There is so much to be learned from the innovation emanating from different countries and geographies, and this webinar will illustrate the richness and diversity of a number of these global creative interdisciplinary activities.

The webinar will feature five 10-minute presentations from Atlantic Fellows, followed by a panel discussion of experts in arts & brain health, social prescribing and transdisciplinary approaches for people living with dementia.

Co-creating arts for brain health – a global perspective, Tuesday 6 September 2022, 10.00 – 11.30 am BST


10 am Veronica Franklin Gould (President, Arts 4 Dementia) introduces

CHAIR: Professor Brian Lawlor, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry and GBHI Deputy Executive Director.


10.05 Kunle Adewale, artist: Arts interventions for dementia in Africa

10.15 Nicky Taylor, theatre and dementia specialist: Creative engagement for dementia (Leeds)

10.25 Ieva Petkute, art researcher and manager: Arts and cultural interventions for people with dementia in Lithuania

10.35 Carlos Chechetti, researcher, social entrepreneur and teacher:Reviving memories program in Sao Paulo, Brazil

10.45 Maritza Pintado, neurologist: Experience from of ageing and dementia in rural Peru

11 am PANEL DISCUSSION, in conversation with

Professor Ian Robertson , Co-Director GBHI

Lenny Shallcross, Executive Director, World Dementia Council

Glenna Baston SC.D., Instructor of Dance, Duke University, North Carolina.

Maud Hendricks, Artistic Director, Outlandish Theatre

Dr Bogdan Chiva Giurca, Development Lead, Global Social Prescribing Alliance

11.25 Chair’s summary

11.30 Veronica Franklin Gould will thank and close

Who for?

If your work involves arts for health or creative ageing, social prescribing, dementia prevention, arts for people affected by dementia or you wish to extend your programmes for early-stage dementia to people at the very onset – keen to preserve their cultural interests – or are already running such programmes for individuals and family partners and wish to know more about the social prescribing referral route to literary opportinutes, this webinar shares insights, progress and learning from international experts.

Our Arts for Brain Health Webinar partner and driver of actions ongoing is Sir Muir Gray. The author of Increase your Brainability and Reduce your Risk of Dementia and Director of the Optimal Ageing Programme at The University of Oxford.



VERONICA FRANKLIN GOULD FRSA AMRSPH founded Arts 4 Dementia in 2011 to develop weekly programmes for early-stage dementia at arts venues, training, best practice conferences and reports, with a website to coordinate arts opportunities for dementia in the community. Her inaugural programme, Reawakening the Mind (2012-13), won the London 2012 Inspire Mark and Positive Breakthrough in Mental Health Dementia Award 2013. Veronica was named finalist in The Sunday Times Changemaker competition and on publication of Music Reawakening (2015), she was appointed A4D president. Her regional guide, Reawakening Integrated: Arts & Heritage (2017), maps arts opportunities for dementia and aligns arts within NHS England’s Well Pathway for Dementia. Veronica’s social prescribing programme (2019-21) opened with a conference Towards Social Prescribing (Arts & Heritage) for the Dementias (May 2019, Wellcome Collection). To address cross-sector issues raised, she piloted dance and drama social prescribing programmes to test the process and ran a series of 15 cross-sector conferences around the UK. Findings were disseminated in a two-day conference and report ‘Arts for Brain Health: Social Prescribing as Peri-Diagnostic Practice for Dementia’ (2021).

PROFESSOR BRIAN LAWLOR is Professor of Old Age Psychiatry & Deputy Executive Director, Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity College Dublin. He is a geriatric psychiatrist with an interest in dementia, late-life depression, loneliness and brain health. Brian has worked for over 30 years on developing services and delivering care to people with dementia. His research interests range from early detection and prevention to evaluating new treatments for dementia.

KUNLE ADEWALE (Africa): biog t/c

NICKY TAYLOR (Leeds, UK): biog t/c

IEVA PETKUTE (Lithuania): biog t/c

CARLOS CHECHETTI (Brazil) : biog t/c

MARITZA PINTADO (Peru) biog t/c


LENNY SHALLCROSS, Executive Director, World Dementia Council – biog t/c

GLENNA BASTON SC.D (North Carolina, USA)

DR BOGDAN CHIVA GIURCA is Development Lead for the Global Social Prescribing Alliance and Clinical Champion Lead at the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP). He is the Founder and Chair of the NHS Social Prescribing Champion Scheme consisting of thousands of UK junior doctors and medical students. Over a four-year period, the scheme has delivered over 700 teaching sessions in all UK medical schools, as well as developing a National Consensus for Teaching Social Prescribing. As the founder of the ‘#SocialPrescribingDay’ campaign, Bogdan has acted as an international champion, raising awareness of the subject globally. His work has influenced national healthcare policy and has driven key changes within the medical school curriculum, contributing to several peer-reviewed publications and policy documents, including the NHS Long Term Plan, the Personalised Care Model, GP Partnership Review, as well as authoring three books on medical education. Bogdan has completed clinical foundation training and is currently applying for specialty training as well as continuing his work as Collaborator for the Harvard Global Health Institute.


Arts 4 Dementia
020 3633 9954


Held online via Zoom
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