Parables of Care is a project of the Centre for Human Comuter Interaction Design, City, University of London, The University of Chester, UK, and Douglas College, Vancouver, Canada.
The project seeks to make a contribution to enhancing the public impact of the best practices in dementia care resulting from research emerged from the Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design at City, University of London, such as http://carenshare.city.ac.uk, by exploring and embracing the communicative affordances of graphic storytelling in general and graphic medicine in specific to adapt and communicate good care practices.
We have already produced a 16-page publication which presents in comics form true stories of creative responses to dementia care, as told by carers, adapted from a group of over 100 case studies available at http://carenshare.city.ac.uk.
The publication was edited and adapted by Dr Simon Grennan (University of Chester) Dr Ernesto Priego (City, University of London) and Dr Peter Wilkins (Douglas College). It was drawn by Dr Simon Grennan with Christopher Sperandio.
- Parables of Care can be downloaded as a PDF file, under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, from City Research Online: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/18245/.
- If you live in the UK you can request printed copies at no cost here: https://blogs.city.ac.uk/parablesofcare/get-a-printed-copy/.
We also hope that Parables of Care can contribute to enabling stronger links between academia, dementia care practice and comics scholars and practitioners. Its main objective however is to support anyone interested in dementia care with comics fostering creative and empathetic responses to dementia care.
A North American limited edition was printed in Canada for North American distribution, and a sister project at Douglas College in Canada which emerged from our initial phase is not only testing the comic but working in creating one with local artists and health care researchers (see https://blogs.city.ac.uk/parablesofcare/2017/11/09/parables-of-care-canada-moving-along/).
The project is currently not funded. We are keen on distributing our first comic more widely and internationally than at present and ideally to explore options to create more comics in the series.
We are exploring options to extend the initial project, that limited itself to understanding the data and producing the 16-page comics publication, in order to obtain further funding to create more comics as part of a series and eventually a stand-alone volume, as well as related activities such as workshops with caregivers and health professionals.