Puppetry is an excellent way of connecting with people with dementia that may otherwise have difficulties maintaining social interaction. Puppets, singing and storytelling can be utilised to stimulate memories and also as a tool to enhance the quality of life and to improve self esteem and confidence.
Puppets have universal appeal, they can engage people in imaginary worlds, inspiring further creative process. People naturally identify with puppet characters who can express feelings from the safety of being one-step removed from individual reality.
Serious issues can be explored with humour, with or without words. Their visual and physical features provide opportunities for effective communication as well as entertainment. The world of puppetry can be an enjoyable meeting space between people who may have difficulty in interacting or communicating.
“As people [with dementia] lose the ability to name, to conceptualise what things are, they are forced into much more visual ways of thinking about the world.” 2004,Dr Bruce Miller.
Puppetry is a form of entertainment that we are all familiar with, from our childhood days and in the current media and music industry.
Behind the fun is a wonderful way of ice breaking and breaking down barriers. It is a great way to communicate with people and open up communication.
We can deliver puppet workshops within workforces for team building and in schools for education.