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Loss of language skills is a common effect of dementia, and research suggests the resulting challenges may be more complex for bilingual individuals with dementia and their carers. The realities of minority-language contexts appear to further complicate these challenges.
The workshop will bring together community arts workers, academic researchers, policy makers, relevant charities and members of the public with Gaelic-language theatre practitioners from Glasgow-based Theatre Tog-ì. Over the course of the day, three short performances will explore the progressive return to Gaelic of a bilingual dementia patient and the consequences this has on family dynamics and care requirements.
The workshop is designed to prompt responses to the performances that facilitate knowledge exchange between partipants. A key aim of the workshop will be to highlight the connections between the play’s Gaelic-specific context and broader national and international research priorities in the areas of health, well-being and the safeguarding of cultural diversity. Issues to be addressed include: language and translation in cognitive assessment and diagnosis, the neuropsychology of bilingualism, language-appropriate and culturally cognate care provision, language and identity, cultural and linguistic loss/regeneration, intergenerational minority language transmission. The workshop will also explore the role of the arts in raising public awareness of the language-based realities of dementia as well as providing supportive creative outlets for bilingual individuals with dementia and their carers. A key interrelated objective of the workshop will be to identify practical ways to influence public policy with regard to the assessment and care of bilingual speakers with dementia.