The August 2018 edition of Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice is dedicated to the Arts and Dementia, comprising a collection of 10 papers that encompass a range of pioneering scholarly work from both Europe and the US.

This special issue of Dementia contributes to the emerging body of innovative research and practice on the positive influence of the arts for those living with dementia.

Nine of these papers emerged from the first International Arts and Dementia Research Conference in 2017, sponsored by the Royal Society for Public Health.

This special issue includes papers that are empirical, theoretical and review-based, exploring the visual arts, music, theatre and the spoken word. A variety of cultural contexts and settings are covered (including a UK hospital, a US long-term care facility, closed wards in a Dutch nursing home and a German Museum).

The editorial by Camic et al. ‘The arts and dementia: Emerging directions for theory, research and practice’ can be viewed here:

For information on the featured papers see


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