Why do we need change?
Our current system for supporting older adults with dementia is limited. It is founded on a biomedical paradigm that restricts how we view aging and the capacities of our aging population. An advocacy movement of older adults with dementia and their supporters has formed around the world.
The Imagination Network is proud to be a part of this movement.
The Imagination Network aims to change the way we view and experience aging and dementia in our community.
How do we create change?
Creative engagement, dialogue, and culture-making bring older adults with dementia together with their community to foster meaningful relationships.
Through engaging in community-based participatory research, we are expanding and shifting current paradigms that limit our views and relationship to aging and dementia.
We are working with peer advocates and developing a community of practice to advocate for a fundamental, citizenship-based shift in how we view aging and dementia and the ways we support people living with dementia.
By documenting and sharing our challenges and our triumphs, we hope to pave the way for others inspired to do similar work in their communities.
This evaluation report summarizes the activities and accomplishments of Raising The Curtain Project, highlighting the achieved outcomes and some of the challenges faced over the course of the project.
Funded by a diverse group that included both governmental and non-governmental agencies, Raising the Curtain on the Lived Experience of Dementia (RTCII) was a multi-year (2019-2022) collaborative research project involving the education (Douglas College), arts (Deer Crossing the Art Farm), and health care (Good Samaritan Canada) sectors.
This was the second phase of an original project, RTCI, completed by the same partners in 2018. The goal of the second phase was to explore how participation in collaborative creative engagement (CE) could enhance the wellbeing of people living with dementia, their family and professional caregivers, and society as a whole in the context of community living and institutional care.