What is it about?

Dramatherapy techniques, sessions and case vignettes, are shared in relation to working with older adults with dementia. The positive impact and potential of this therapy for the client group is clearly revealed, together with the emotional journey of the therapist and author.

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Why is it important?

The number of people with dementia is rapidly increasing worldwide. In 2020, it was estimated that 55 million people were living with dementia and research predicts this will increase to 79 million by 2030 (https://dementia statistics.org/statistics-about-dementia/). Therapy that helps to increase quality of life for those suffering from dementia is therefore crucial, and dramatherapy is one such approach.


Having worked with many individuals with dementia, I have witnessed first hand how much dramatherapy and the arts can benefit this client group. I have also supported my own father through dementia and in his final months, it was soft toys/puppets and music that allowed us to communicate meaningfully.

Nicky Morris
Purcell School

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This page is a summary of: Unspoken Depths: Dramatherapy and Dementia, Dramatherapy, November 2011, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1080/02630672.2011.621262.
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