RADIQL™ (our dementia research)

RADIQL is Age Exchange’s innovative method of supporting people with dementia through person centred Reminiscence Arts. The programme was initially piloted in Residential Care between 2012-2015, supported by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity


RADIQL (Reminiscence Arts and Dementia Impact on Quality of Life) was initially a 3 year programme supported by Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity with a grant of £608,000. The programme was designed to evaluate the practice and impact of Reminiscence Arts on the well-being of people with dementia living in 12 residential/continuing care units in Southwark and Lambeth in South London.  Throughout the period of the intervention Age Exchange’s professional team delivered a combination of weekly group and one to one interventions working with 12 partner residential settings.  Reminiscence Arts is wholly focused on using creativity linked and personal history in order to enrich caring relationships in the present.  Along with an intensive programme of activity for participants with dementia, RADIQL comprised a structured training and mentoring programme for care staff in supporting them in adopting Reminiscence Arts activity and principles in their working lives. To find out more about the programme download RADIQL: A GUIDE

As a concept RADIQL evolved from thinking and experience gained by Age Exchange through earlier projects, including Hearts and Minds with South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and the national project, Creative Ageing, supported by the D.O.H.
RADIQL as in intervention in Residential Care has now concluded after 3 years of  intensive work and evaluation.

Summary of findings

  1. Well-being of participants with dementia increased by 42% and positive behaviour increased by 25% as a result of taking part in Reminiscence Arts activity.
  2. Group Reminiscence Arts sessions significantly improved the quality of life of people living with dementia in the first 50 minutes.
  3. Engaging in Reminiscence Arts has the potential to enhance care home residents’ lives by improving their connection to both the place they currently live and to spaces of memory and imagination.
  4.  Attending a Group Reminiscence Arts session steadily and significantly improves the quality of life of people living with dementia week-on-week over a 24 week period.
  5. Reminiscence Arts is a fusion of different art forms and reminiscence practices that is unique to Age Exchange. It responds to the interests, life-histories, abilities and needs of participants living with dementia.
  6. Group Reminiscence Arts sessions create a social space for all those who participate, including artists, carers and people living with dementia. By including a range of art-forms, Reminiscence Arts creates the opportunity for a wide range of social, cultural and aesthetic interactions.

Evaluation of RADIQL

Final Report of the Evalaution, December 2015 (by Royal Holloway University of London)

Quantitative Evaluation (Royal Holloway University of London – January 2016)

C.E.A Report, October 2015 (by Simetrica)

RADIQL Services – See how you can use our intervention

Services that deliver measurable improvement in the quality of life and well-being for people with dementia.

If you would like to find out how you could adopt our evidence based, tested and evaluated Reminiscence Arts model in your care setting, or to enhance your professional practice Click here

To view and download our full Core Training Module, click HERE

 Note:   Definition of the term “Reminiscence Arts”

To watch a short film about what we do, who we are, and how we apply reminiscence arts in everyday life for people living with dementia and the people who care for them, please see link below: