"We co-designed and piloted 'Festival in a Box', an outreach programme to enable socially isolated people with dementia to engage with and enjoy cultural activities in their homes. It comprised 3-4 weekly home visits, each led by a professional artist to create art works using materials brought in 'the box'. Activities included music, poetry, pottery, crafts and photography. We qualitatively interviewed 13 participants (6 people with dementia, 4 artists, 3 befrienders). Six participants with dementia completed, enjoyed and engaged with the planned visits. Main themes were: engagement, reflection on value of previous cultural activities, precariousness and isolation in current neighbourhood and the importance of a voice and being heard. Befrienders reported their preconceptions of what participants could do were challenged. Artists reported shifts in their preconceptions about dementia and the influence of the project on their professional practice. We propose that the 'Festival in a Box' pilot study suggests a means through which community arts festivals could work with socially isolated people with dementia to contribute to the creation of 'Dementia Friendly Communities'. A larger-scale pilot study is now needed to develop this hypothesis."
—Eades, M., K. Lord, et al. (2018). "'Festival in a Box': Development and qualitative evaluation of an outreach programme to engage socially isolated people with dementia." Dementia (London) 17(7): 896-908. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27466377
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The Meaning of "Nyens nyens" (in a peaceful, gentle manner), Nyens nyens (to be sedate, serene, to be sober, calm), Nyenstap (to be quiet, peaceful), "Nyenstap gaus-yis" (peaceful, happy, to be gentle, mild)., "No shi-shenh" (a time of rest or peace), Pyo (to be pleasant, agreeable, delectable, enjoyable;.happiness, peace, joy, bliss, to be happy, to be pleased), "Samlo" (to keep silence so as to insure luck as in hunting, quiet, repose, to enter and be imbedded, to be still, silent, quiet), "Samlo nyens nyens" (quietly, peacefully; be at peace) in Achang (acn), Ngochang - Achang, Ochang, Atsang, a Burmese-Lolo and Sino-Tibetan language of China (Yunnan Province. Dehong Prefecture, Lianghe and Longchuan counties).
Peace and Hunting Luck
In Ngochang or Achang spoken in Yunnan China
"samlo" means to keep silent
so as to insure luck in hunting
to enter and be imbedded
I imagine a hunter in camouflage hiding in a blind
quiet and still
not a gun but a camera ready to shoot
so all can go peacefully on their way
"Samlo nyens nyens" is quietly or peacefully
to be at peace
while "samsam" is still and quiet but also confidingly
and "tsingtsam" is also still and quiet.
"tsoek yah" and "nyens nyens" is to be quiet, still
and thus orderly
like a new world order where everyone
finds ways to be at peace
"Samlo yaus dah jeis"
is quiet, slowly as flowing water
as water flows across borders
shared or horded
polluted or clean
it flows from one place to another
filling the wells of all of us indiscriminately
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This list is constantly being updated. Language—"word" (peace)—Country. I am trying to make it as comprehensive and accurate as possible. Contact Kimberly Burnham with any questions, comments, corrections or additional words.
"This paper is a humanities-based inquiry, applying Huizinga's framework of homo ludens ("man the player") to consider "play" in the context of two participatory arts programs (TimeSlips and the Alzheimer's Poetry Project) for people living with dementia. "Play," according to this Dutch historian, is at the heart of human activity and what gives meaning to life. Despite empirical research on play across the life course, play in dementia care is a relatively new idea. In addition, there is a dearth of reports based on humanistic inquiry which has slightly different goals than the growing body of qualitative and quantitative studies of participatory arts interventions. Play is not used to infantilize and trivialize people living with dementia but as a way to explore potential for expression, meaning-making, and relationship-building in later life. The arts programs were conducted at two residential care facilities, Scharwyerveld and De Beyart, in the Netherlands over 10 weeks. Close readings of the transcripts and notes from the programs resulted in three observations: people learned to play again, there is power in playing together, and play often led to expressions of joy. Overall, the notion of play may be a helpful framework for future research into innovative arts-based approaches to dementia care." - Swinnen, A. and K. de Medeiros (2018). ""Play" and People Living With Dementia: A Humanities-Based Inquiry of TimeSlips and the Alzheimer's Poetry Project." Gerontologist 58(2): 261-269. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28329857
A Piece of Peace
Absence of war or other hostilities.
considered as a unit or an element of a larger thing, quantity, or class; a portion: a piece of string
An agreement or a treaty to end hostilities
A coin a ten-cent piece
Freedom from quarrels and disagreement; harmonious relations: roommates living in peace with each other.
A portion or part that has been separated from a whole: a piece of cake.
Public security and order the peace.
an object that is one member of a group or class: a piece of furniture.
"ǂxãĩ-b" (peace, to be peaceful) or "!nó" or "!nō" (to be quiet, silent) in !Ora, a language spoken in South Africa
ǂxãĩ-b in !Ora (South Africa)
"ǂxãĩ-b" (peace, to be peaceful) or "!nó" or "!nō" (to be quiet, silent) in !Ora, an extinct South African language. It is one of three branches of the Southern African Khoisan languages. Two main varieties have been distinguished: the first includes the extinct South African languages !Ora and Gri.
!Ora is a language with clicks. [ ǂ ], [ ʃ ], older variant, the double-barred esh [ ʄ ] represents a palatal click. The palatal or palato-alveolar clicks are a family of click consonants found in African languages. The tongue is nearly flat, and is pulled back rather than down.
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I am looking for guest blog opportunities and a position as poet-in-residence. My current project is writing dictionary poems using words in different languages for the English word "peace." You can read some of my poems on Poemhunter .
As poet-in-residence I would write poems on different words in different languages and broadcast them throughout the social media blogosphere. Each poem would link back to your site where the word or language appeared.
I would expect some sort of stipend and a six month to one year placement. Please contact me for details if your organization is interested in having a poet-in-residence to help get your message out. Nervewhisperer@gmial.com
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