Song Peifen: London charity Westminster Abbey assists aphasics in society through artistic activities such as painting and music, and patients can even write operatic performances.
As soon as Annie saw me excitedly asked, where did you come from? I told her I was born in Taiwan. She then asked, “I am very worried.” I told her that she immediately said in very standard pronunciations, “I am worried.” Just to praise her voice-borne language talent, she suddenly grabbed my arm and said he was worried and let me know Measures. The social worker on the sidelines gave her a piece of white paper without a hurry and took a carnation out of the vase and put it on paper and said softly to Annie. “Do not cry, help me draw a carnation?” Annie immediately quieted, picked up the pencil, the immediate flowers in a piece of paper immediately forming.
This is an elderly daycare center in West London, but unlike other daycare centers, these are the late-stage amnesiacs. They worked with an artist to spell out a lovely, colorful long table with a mosaic in six weeks. Today, you’re done, especially holding tea party to celebrate.
According to statistics, 35.6 million people worldwide suffer amnesia, and this number will double every 20 years. By 2050, it is estimated to reach 131 million. If 2050 sounds too far away, in every corner of the world, every three minutes there is a memory loss. The economic cost of amnesia is 818 billion U.S. dollars. If amnesia is a nation, it will be the 18th-largest economy in the world and it is estimated that it will break through one trillion U.S. dollars by 2018. G8 Summit held in London in 2013 specially discussed amnesia, but the research is far less than other diseases such as cancer researchers are 5 times the memory loss, although scientists have recently discovered the possible symptoms of the drug, but so far , Still did not find a cure. Much of the responsibility for caring for people with amnesia falls on their families, just Britain, whose annual devotion saves £ 1.1 billion in state health insurance. However, family members have limited ability and external help is still very urgent.
“We can not stop the necrosis of the cranial nerves, but we can offer the possibility of improving our current condition,” Kathryn Gilfoy, director of Westminster Arts, told me. Westminster Abbey is a community charity that helps people with amnesiacs participate in the arts through artistic activities. The mosaic table is one of their many projects.
Hannah Zeilig of the University of London recently did a research report on the impact of such participatory activities as art, music and dance on amnesiacs. According to the report, participatory activities such as music, art and dance help to evoke emotions or muscle memory under the signs of diminished memory, mental confusion, speaking ability and diminished understanding. Singing, playing, painting and dancing together will not only promote communication and reduce isolation, but also make people feel happy and improve their quality of life. For countries with poor medical care, these activities are even more economically effective than medicine.
There are more and more organizations in the UK that provide music, drama, writing, dancing, visiting art galleries, dress puppets and painting for amnesiacs. The common feature of these activities is that they encourage groups to improvise, and theatrical performances do not emphasize reciting lines. This is because improvisation encourages people with amnesia to jump out of routine and enhance the test’s courage. Although it is impossible to prove that these activities are more effective than other modes of participation, music, art and dance themselves involve the pleasure of games and group writing that enhance the sense of sensibilities and add imagination. From improving self-esteem and self-esteem, assisting cognitive function, promoting communication and creativity, stimulating a desire to learn, and reducing the line between patients, carers and medical staff. Adaptability, comprehension and receptivity are closely related to their health. From this perspective, the participation of music, art and dance is likely to exceed what the drugs can provide.
A few days after attending the Mosaic Tea Party at the Day Care Center, I went to another church in West London to participate in another music event organized by Westminster Abbey, consisting of seven mild and moderate amnesia patients, and four A group of musicians from the Royal Academy of Music joined together. Everyone greeting each other after drinking tea cakes, falsetto tenor first to sing for everyone Popsey composition “if the music is the food of love” (If music be the food of love), then Hanna playing A little horn song. After listening to the performance, Julian playing the oboe began to ask everyone to do a vocal exercise to teach everyone to sing “If music is the food of love,” and everyone is familiar with the music, and everyone is encouraged to sing Canon. After singing the song, Julian took out different percussion instruments and asked one of the amnesiacs to read Shakespeare’s short poem while encouraging others to improvise with their percussion instruments. Everyone happily interprets this short poem with the instrument in hand, a dull memory of amnesia seems to have relish, the original feeling of unhappy disappeared.
It is noteworthy that amnesia is not dementia, these people can create impressive results through different participation. The Dulwich Museum of Art in South East London co-operates with the English Touring Opera to create a Visual to Vocal program to inspire patients with mild to moderate levels of painterliness through the gallery’s collection Composer. This year is the third year. These people have developed from writing songs to writing operas and performing public performances! These activities are obviously beneficial to improve mood, not just amnesia patients, after participating in activities I also hum “If music is food for love”, marching light pace to go home.