Dementia Friendly Artist in Residence

Posted on: September 1st, 2022


Engage with Age is delighted to announce that Anna O’Kane is Engage with Age’s Dementia Friendly Artist in Residence.

Anna has had an ongoing association with Engage with Age since 2014, working on the TESA DRI research programme with Ulster University. Anna studied at the Art College at Ulster University and has a BA in Jewellery and Silversmithing and a postgraduate diploma in Art and Design. Anna has over 30 years’ experience working as a Community Artist.

The Dementia Friendly Artist in Residence programme will work with six dementia support facilities to enable people living with dementia to be creative and also experience improved social connections. The programme will also provide training for up to 60 staff, carers and art facilitators, enabling improved interactions with people affected by dementia. The programme will culminate in an exhibition which will be viewed in libraries and centres across Belfast.

For further information contact Engage with Age on 028 9073 5696/

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Engage with Age can accept referrals of individual older people aged 50+ who are at risk of loneliness and social isolation, inviting them to participate in group activities. Engage with Age offers one-to-one telephone befriending support for individual older people but does not currently provide in person visits to individual older people. To make a referral please complete the on-line Referral Form and submit or alternatively please print off a copy of the PDF Referral Form and send it to us. See also the Referral Criteria for details of who can be referred.

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