Art & Dementia program

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What is dementia?

Dementia describes a large group of illnesses of the brain, including Alzheimer's disease, which is the most common. It is a broad term describing loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and normal emotional reactions; and manifests itself differently in each individual. On its website Alzheimer's Australia defines 'dementia' as 'the symptoms of a large group of treatable, but incurable diseases of the brain that cause a progressive decline in a person's functioning'.

Although it is most common in those over 65 years, dementia is not a normal or inevitable part of ageing.

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For more information on the effects of dementia visit Alzheimer's Australia.

The Gallery program places its focus on each person, not dementia and is a part of the world-wide movement to develop dementia-friendly communities.


Arthur Streeton, From McMahon's Point - fare one penny 1890, Painting, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1972

Adriane Boag
Program coordinator
Learning and Access
02 6240 6632