Author: Flourishing Lives

September 6, 2017 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

Breaking Down Ageism Barriers in the Homecare Industry When you mention homecare or support to people, the perception is often that it’s just suited to the elderly – this is not the case. It also raises concerns that too many people pigeonhole the elderly, stereotype their ability to live alone or define the activities they…

August 14, 2017 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

Age-Friendly Standards Launched The Family Arts Campaign has announced the launch of its new Age-Friendly Standards, which provide clear guidance for cultural organisations welcoming older family members. There are already 65 early adopters of the Age-Friendly Standards including Sadler’s Wells, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and Blackpool Grand Theatre.   The Standards are designed to…

July 11, 2017 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

Flourishing: arts, wellbeing and older age What is the effect of engaging in participatory arts on the wellbeing and quality of life for healthy older people?   I am a PhD student at the University of Derby, researching Art for Health in Older Age. My research interests include investigating ‘meaningful’ creative engagement; examining definitions of…

June 23, 2017 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

‘Many Old Hands Make Great Work’ Last week I took part in Creativity and Wellbeing Week curating an exhibition of pottery called ‘Many Old Hands Make Great Work’. It showcased the talents of my pottery students who I teach from 4 residential and care homes in London and Surrey; they are all aged between 60-105…

May 29, 2017 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

Flourishing Lives Conference 2017 The inaugural Flourishing Lives conference took place at the Royal Society in London on the 25th of May 2017. The event brought together 100 social innovators from across the arts and health sectors seeking to transform service provision, inspire progress and reduce loneliness and isolation amongst people over the age of…

April 26, 2017 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

‘Sawubona’ Hello!   Perhaps not the most usual way of starting a blog but certainly one of the most common greetings used in countries with English as a first language. Hello, an alteration from hallo, hollo comes from the Old High German, halâ, holâ. However, if we’re talking about the origins of hello the most common…

March 6, 2017 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

Sing Your Hearts Out For Valentine’s Day this year Flourishing Lives had the absolute pleasure of heading along to Stratford Circus for their ‘Sing Your Hearts Out’ sing-along. The first half of the sing-along was led by the Age Well Singers and the second half by Newham Super Choir.   We started off with a…

December 21, 2016 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

Christmas Advertising Ah Christmas, a time for children, grandparents and cute animals. Or so the £5.6billion spent in the UK on advertising and marketing would have us believe. However, whilst children play a diverse range of characters over the course of the year in the world of advertising, it seems that older people undergo a…

December 13, 2016 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

Measuring Happiness Very often in this sector we are required to ‘measure people’s happiness,’ to quantify the change in them as a result of their engagement with our work. However, while we can feel the development through their changed tone of voice, or their smile or the shift towards more proactive communications, capturing this in…

December 9, 2016 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

Rotherhithe Shed As part of Southbank Centre’s Being a Man festival, the Royal Festival Hall played temporary host to a series of ‘Men’s Sheds’ from across London, offering free workshops and skill demonstrations accessible to all.   The Men’s Shed movement started in Australia as a fun and engaging way to combat social isolation and…