About Six Arts®

Six Arts Brain Health Programme is designed by our multi-disciplinary experts in dementia care, including doctors psychologist, occupational therapist and social worker. The traditional Chinese “Six Arts” framework (禮Rites、樂Music、射Archery、御Charioteering、書Literacy、數Numeracy) is adopted in designing the training or activities for people with dementia, mild cognitive impairment, and healthy elders.

The “Six Arts brain health programs integrates aspects of physical, social and cognitive stimulation, so as to delay deterioration and the resultant sufferings by building up cognitive reserve.

Key factors of application of the “Six Arts” Model in dementia intervention:


Holistic Lifestyle Intervention: Providing comprehensive stimulation of physical, social, and a range of cognitive functions.

Variety and multiple-level activities: Meeting the needs of people with dementia at different disease stages and functioning levels, allowing continuous learning.

Active participation of all group members: Failure-free stimulation in a supportive social context which encourages active participation and maintains personhood.

Culturally relevant: Theme-based fun activities which is culturally tailored for the local Chinese Community.

Modern Interpretations and Examples of Six Arts®

HKADA_six art_icon Modern Interpretations Daily Examples

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Self- reflection, social interaction Making friends, sharing life, participating in voluntary work

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Auditory, music and rhythm Singing, playing musical instruments

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Visuospatial, attention, fine motor skills Creating art pieces, painting, photo taking

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Kinesthetic, gross motor skills Physical exercising, dancing, practicing Tai Chi
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Language, verbal skills Writing, reading, participating in traditional culture preservation
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Executive function, mathematical ability Playing chess, using computer or other information technology

Six Arts website: https://www.hkada6arts.org/