Testing at Ashford House

Written by Active Minds on Friday the 10th of August 2012.


Ben and Alice Moloney, our illustrator, have been to Ashford House in north London to begin testing some initial designs for our next product – a painting book for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

A selection of 8 images were trailed with a range of people of varying abilities; to help establish the most appropriate designs, compositions, and complexity of each image. Everyone involved enjoyed the day and the results were extremely interesting, giving us a lot of work to do before more testing next week.

Most importantly we have seen the therapeutic benefits that art can have. One of the residence was delighted he had found his ‘artistic gene’ aged 86. Wendy Ward, the activities co-ordinators, said that painting is a regular activity in the home but there is real lack of suitable resources on the market.

Overall a promising start and we are looking forward to testing our developments next week. We’ll let you know how it goes.