Atlantic Fellow at GBHI, Trinity College Dublin
Home Country: Ireland
Field of Employment: Elder Activism
Key areas: creativity, positive aging, ageism, social enterprise
Dominic Campbell is the co-founder of Creative Aging International, an Irish company working globally to encourage creativity as an element of care for the aging. Campbell develops projects that present positive ways of adapting to aging through entertainment or engagement models to encourage people to “fall in love with their older selves.” In 2012 he established the first international conference on creativity and aging and is currently involved in developing a creative alternative to day care in London, called Meet Me at the Albany. Its clients include elders referred for Alzheimer’s, loneliness, falls, strokes, and mental health issues. The“While I’ve energy and enthusiasm, I’d like to bring my intelligence to connect across generations, expertise lived and learnt, and distance.” program connects the frail adults with artists and volunteers in creative exploration. Given unprecedented numbers of people living longer lives, Campbell believes in the need to re-imagine the changes and transitions that come with age. He sees roles for artists and scientists in helping to reduce the fear of age and its related illnesses among elders. With support from GBHI, he hopes to develop new project prototypes infused with art and creativity, backed by solid evidence and responding to need and local circumstance. Campbell looks forward to being exposed to new thinking and intelligences and to offering other fellows the opportunities to embed creativity into their approaches.
Bio: Dominic Campbell is the co-founder of Creative Aging International. He directed the Bealtaine Festival, the world’s first nationwide arts festival celebrating positive aging. Campbell was previously Artistic Director of Ireland’s St Patrick’s Festival raising its global profile, and co-curator of the “Theatre of” Symposia series with Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, where he helped establish a network of women artists delivering change through theater in conflict zones.
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