21 Sep 2015 - 30 Jun 2020
The programme in action with participants and Hilary Kelly listening and looking, Dec, 2015
Venue: Highlanes Gallery
Sponsor: The Alzheimer Society of Ireland
Admission: FREE

Azure, the gallery-based monthly programme for people living with Alzheimer's and Dementia

On 21st September 2015, to mark World Alzheimer's Day, Highlanes Gallery announced the launch of a new pilot programme developed especially for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Starting that October, Highlanes Gallery, in conjunction with The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, and with the support of the Franciscan Order, began series of monthly gallery-based sessions for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. These informal gallery sessions involve looking at artwork, and informal discussion with tea, coffee and cake. 

They focus on a few selected works from the temporary exhibition programme and the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection. Through the programme people have an opportunity to look at art more closely, in a caring, friendly and social environment, discussing the pieces and giving their opinions in a non-judgemental setting.

This pilot programme has been run initially for people attending the Drogheda & South Louth Day Care Centre but over the last number of years in continuing the programme the gallery has also included others from Talbot Group Links and directly from carers and others interested in the programme.

Dementia-related diseases affect roughly 48,000 people in Ireland, leaves those living with it feeling isolated and often frustrated. By providing a friendly and inclusive environment in which people can freely participate in active discussion Highlanes Gallery hopes to allow participants, and their carers feel like a more active and visible part of the community.

Studies of previous programmes such as the Meet Me at Moma programme run by the Museum of Modern Art in New York have shown that art therapy and creative expression has been shown to benefit those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s, who show greater self-confidence and elevated moods in the weeks following the events. 

These studies have led to the formulation of the Azure project, a joint effort between the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Age and Opportunity, and a number of Irish Galleries including Highlanes Gallery to increase support and awareness of dementia in Ireland.

If you are interested in the programme, please contact Aoife Ruane at gallery on 041-9803311 and aruane@highlanes.iie


Remember, new participants are welcome even, just to try it out.

Dates for 2020:

Friday 24th January

Friday 21st February 

Friday 20th March

Friday 24th April  

Friday 22nd May

Friday 26th June 

Friday 24th July

Friday 21st August 

Friday 18th September  

Friday 16th October 

Friday 13th November

Friday 11th December

Alzheimer Cafes

Alzheimer Cafes provide a warm and welcoming space for people with dementia, their family and friends, social and health care professionals to meet, exchange ideas and learnings.

The Cafe is based on an international model and usually opens monthly in the early evening. Some cafes open during the day, and all provide light refreshments and a mix of education and support.

The cafes provide an informal way to meet others living with dementia and to meet health and social care professionals. Usually an expert speaker is invited each month to talk to the Cafe about a topic of interest, however the cafe is also a space to chat and enjoy a social occasion in a supportive environment.

Throughout 2019, Tredagh Lodge Day Care Centre will present a series of interesting and engaging Memory Café talks. Listed below, all talks are from 6pm to 8pm at Relish Café, Highlanes Gallery.

Dates for 2019

Tuesday February 12th;
Introduction to Dementia by Seamus McCaul, Director of Nursing at St.Mary's & Cottage Hospital

Tuesday March 12th; 
How to get the best from your Medication & Pharmacy by Kathy Maher of Haven Pharmacy Duleek

Tuesday April 9th;
How Memory Works by Ann Marron, H.S.E. Dementia Case Manager

Tuesday May 14th; 
Home Support & Fair Deal by Paula Loughran & Lorraine Anderson, Home Support Services Manager and Rest Byte Coordinator

Tuesday June 11th; 
Well-being for carer's & Tai Chi Demonstration by Nick Costello, Shaolin Buddhist Temple, Slane, County Meath

Due to holidays there will be no Memory Cafe meetings in the months of July and August, however they will resume from the 10th of September.Family Support Group Meetings take place on the first Wednesday of every month in the Stables Bachelors' Lane at 8pm, located across from The Augustinian House.





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