Irma Konovalova, from the university, added: “It has been such a pleasure to deliver these workshops and see how much people are enjoying being part of it. Most residents would start of feeling apprehensive, but at the end of each workshop, once they have created a poem or a story, they all seem to have a sense of pride and joy.”
“The workshops are bringing people together from different backgrounds and who are at different stages of their journey. Everyone seems to enjoy the activities and create new relationships.”
The research is being carried out by a European team including other researchers and dementia health care professionals from Greece, Romania, Ireland and Bulgaria, and is being funded by Erasmus+, part of the European Union.
The workshops, which began in October and will continue through November, were developed by the project’s Irish partners and form the pilot stage of the project that should ultimately result in a training program that can be used by health and social care professionals.