At imaginAge™ we believe the challenges of getting older can be faced, explored and transformed in meaningful and dynamic ways. Our aim is to normalise the conversations about ageing in families and communities. Our aim is to tap into the conversations about ageing in families, communities and cultures from around the world and look into how the role of creativity can enhance the experience.
Our team draws upon extensive life experience ranging from:
The arts and media, training of carers, public health, development and change consultancy, social work, university lecturing and direct experience of caring for close relatives as they age.
Our first project is being funded by a grant from “the Solutions for an Ageing Society” programme run by Somerset Community Foundation in partnership with UnLtd and South West Academic Health Science Network. We also have support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
At present we are producing a film on the emotional impact caring has on a carer as their experience unfolds looking after a close relative with dementia.
It is our experience that conversations surrounding dementia in loved ones can be awkward and pushed under the carpet especially when talking about feelings. People can feel isolated, frustrated and invisible.
Initially, we will be engaging carers in Somerset to develop content and then our aim is to roll this programme out to further families and communities engaged with elders. We will be developing workshops to create conversations in the caring community using the film as a catalyst.