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Connecting through Art in Dementia Care

Drawing on memories to create memories


Connecting through Art in Dementia Care provides art experiences for seniors and older adults living with dementia. Through twelve-week collaborative projects that draw on the memories, experiences, and interests of participants, the program offers an innovative, client-centred therapeutic recreational approach and creates memorable impacts on participants, their families, artists, and their communities.

The CAIDC program is a partnership between McCormick Dementia Services (MDS) and the London Arts Council and is available to clients of the McCormick Day Program, the largest dementia care day program in Ontario.


Each CAIDC project is collaboratively designed and implemented by MDS staff and a professional artist-educator from the London Arts Council's LAIR roster. Current projects include dance with Ruth Douthwright, drama with Dan Ebbs, songwriting with Joanne Does, and visual arts with Tricia Edgar.

The process and profound impact of CAIDC's 2017 pilot project was documented as part of The McCormick Club web documentary.

CAIDC description

CAIDC is funded through the Ontario Ministry of Seniors Affairs' Seniors Community Grant program.

For more information about CAIDC,

please contact Jeremy Jeresky

(Curator, Public Programs and Learning)


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