This project took shape through the impact of two projects which were undertaken in the Riverland region during 2017. The first, 'Spinback' (pictured at left), was a partnership between Flinders Rural Health SA and Country Arts SA, where local school children and residents from a local nursing home came together the engage in music and art making activities, as well as to enjoy fellowship and break down intergenerational barriers to form meaningful relationships for young and old alike.
The second project, 'Music and Memory', involved residents from a Renmark nursing home currently living with dementia, who were given music to listen to (chosen by the resident) for 30 minutes each day, in order to observe the responses and effects of regular listening on their behaviour, social interactions, and memory retention.
Both projects were extremely successful, and demonstrated the immense potential value of visual arts, music and dance on the wellbeing, improved mental heath and quality of life of dementia sufferers. This new project takes these ideas, and seeks to find concrete and meaninful ways to help older Australians, and in particular those living with dementia, to live full and enjoyable lives into the future.