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The art of the matter

Last weekend we visited some of the Artists Open Houses which is always a treat – this city has such a lot of creativity on offer.  And having our arty interest piqued, we thought we’d see what else was on in Brighton and Hove.

We were intrigued to notice an exhibition featuring art from the elderly residents – many who are in their nineties – at St Mary’s House on Preston Park Avenue. According to the Argus, art teacher, Jane Ling, started a painting class at St Mary’s four years ago and the group – including completely new painters along with accomplished ones – has gone from strength to strength since. The exhibition is open until the end of December and will help raise money for people living in poverty.

While we laud this exhibition and hope to visit it soon, it’s important to point out that art is good for the mind and motor skills – particularly in old age where it may protect against dementia. And this is even more relevant than ever in a month where we learnt dementia had become the UK’s biggest killer.

And here at The Private Care Company, we assist and encourage our clients to take part in creative activities – after all, what would the world be without art?

CQC Report 2016 Brighton And Hove Adult Services Living Wage UK Home Care Association