Vancouver Museum of Anthropology UBC

Vancouver Museum of Anthropology UBC
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Sunday, 17 October 2010

Press Release...

To all my colleagues and new friends in Canada here is the 250 word press release I was telling you about...please comment on how my work may have touched you...or not of course!!

Dancing Doctor Returns from British Columbia!

An exceptionally rewarding Churchill Fellowship 2010 awarded to Dr Richard Coaten of the South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust, has ended. Having spent a month in Toronto and Vancouver, including attendance at a major international conference on arts and dementia; where he gave a very popular presentation, Richard has returned much inspired. His Fellowship involved studying the use of movement, dance and other ‘embodied’ practices for people with dementia and their care-giver’s. He visited world-leading experts and learnt first-hand about their pioneering efforts researching the importance of ‘going by way of the body in dementia care’. Essentially this seeks to improve quality of life, by better understanding how and why the creative and performing arts give hope and opportunity to all those with a dementing condition.  He visited brain research laboratories meeting leading neuroscientists: worked closely with a specialist care facility providing vital care-giver support: visited a specialist day-centre in Toronto and gave numerous talks and experientially based workshops about his doctoral researches.  He was part of a ‘Round-Table’ discussion in Vancouver seeking to develop dance and health activities throughout British Columbia, bringing together cultural planners, dancers and others including a representative from the British Columbia Arts Council. It was a great success and more are planned. Overall, he learnt much of relevance to the Dance Movement Psychotherapy Service he runs in Calderdale, and would like to take this opportunity to thank both the Churchill Memorial Trust in London and his own employer for this once in a lifetime opportunity.


  1. Richard!
    What an inspirational journey...congratulations...You ask how your work may have influenced others in the field...Well you are the torch bearer...the light at the end of the tunnel...
    Working in a Continuing Care Unit for Dementia in the NHS and having experienced both the positive but also the dark sides of the work, I feel reassured to know that things can only get better and that there are so many other people out there fighting for the same cause.
    I can't wait to share my humble bit of work with you and others in the field at the Memory Conference in Liverpool.

    Also here is a link to my recent blog post about Dementia in the 21st Century Exhibition at the Excel in London

    Thank you for sharing your incredible experiences...

  2. Marina,

    That's really kind of you to say these lovely things about our trip and my work. Thank you too for mentioning both the dark and the light sides of our work as they co-exist AND yes, you are so right that things for people with dementia can only get better; especially if we are able to be more and better informed about the role and importance of the body..and movement and dance in particular for revealing and celebrating that which remains. ON WITH THE DANCE...

    Very much looking forward to your contribution to the Conference. I will be sending on further information to you about it , so you can forward on to your friends and colleagues. We need lots of bookings right now and the programme about to be finalised. Will look at your blog too.