Atlantic intersectional disability studies network

Creating Welcoming Communities Event Held at St.F.X.:

Two-day Accessibility Gathering at St.F.X. Looks to Learn from the Past and Plan for the Future:

Arts-Informed Dementia & Mental Health Nursing Home Staff Literacy Project

This 2-year interdisciplinary team-based arts-informed study of Nova Scotia (NS) nursing home staff mental health and dementia care literacy has the overall goal of operationalizing ‘good’ literacy in relation to quality care, from social and relational perspectives.

1. Synthesize

Realities and trends in mental health and dementia care education and training for front line staff within nursing homes.

2. Contextualize

Understanding of nursing home mental health and dementia care literacy in NS, by examining administrator and frontline staff perceptions and experiences from a disability studies perspective.

3. Operationalize

“Good” mental health and dementia care literacy from a social and relational perspective, using a participatory arts-informed approach that involves nursing home residents with lived experience of mental illness and dementia in the research process as knowledge producers.;

4. Mobilize

Knowledge about mental health and dementia care literacy by documenting, exhibiting and disseminating study results within long-term care, university, not-for-profit and community sectors. Knowledge generated from project activities in NS will be situated and interpreted within the broader discourse of mental health and dementia care for older adults, with a focus on older adults who live in residential facility-based settings such as nursing homes.

Seniors – Adding Life to years (SALTY)



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