“Dementia-Land satirises the stigma and the current approach of health care systems for Dementia and Alzheimer’s. The stigma around the mental health area in general really. We came up with the idea of using a theme park to try and convey a sense of how overwhelming the health care system can be not only for the patients but to those who work in it as well. Social carer’s have a lot more than one patient to look after, so it’s very difficult to give each patient the time they need. I’ve tried to depict all the current issues with today’s health care service, people waiting for extended periods of time, poor facilities that need repair or updating and how expensive it can be.
So, the Park’s rides are often broken down, people who are getting through the park successfully all have a friend with them. While people on their own are struggling and sometimes falling victim to the pitfalls of the park. Park workers who aren’t pulling their weight are being told off by the workers frustrated with their inadequacies. Just about everyone, everyone I know anyways, has been affected either directly or indirectly by some form of mental health illness. The one thing I notice again and again is that the people who are getting through it, are being helped by a family member, or a friend, somebody close. This is why it’s so important to ask for and offer help. I love that ARTzheimer’s is highlighting these issues. And maybe if we point out the issues enough, one day Dementia-Land can become a park where everyone gets a fair deal.”
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