Most people who like to get creative are familiar with the message that getting hands on with your chosen craft is good for your mental and physical health.
But did you know that artistic and creative activities, as part of a healthy lifestyle, can also dramatically reduce your chances of developing dementia?
Research has found that regularly challenging your brain and staying mentally active can lower the risk of dementia. As can staying socially connected and looking after your heart health, through diet and exercise.
Latest evidence suggests up to 40% of all cases of dementia are linked to factors that we may be able to influence.
You can read much more at THINK BRAIN HEALTH on the Alzheimer's Research UK (ARUK) website.
The Creative Links Project
Here at The Forum, home of the Norfolk Makers Festival, we are working with ARUK to host creative workshops in communities in and around Norwich, throughout 2023.
The artwork created by people who take part the Creative Links Project will be included in an exhibition at the Norfolk Makers Festival, in April 2024.
Each of the workshops is taught by local artist, Malca Schotten, who provides inspiration, expert tuition and encouragement.
Malca, and Norfolk Makers Festival producer, Jayne Evans, are enjoying getting involved in various community groups, and you can see photos of the artists and their work by exploring the pages below.
Thank you to everyone who is taking part and we look forward to bringing all of your work together in one place, the Norfolk Makers Festival in April 2024.
Supported by Alzheimer’s Research UK