Advocating for better treatment of individuals with dementia

This post is from Dementia Alliance International (DAI), who promote education and awareness about dementia. The original text may be slightly modified for this post.

Kate Swaffer’s keynote speech highlights some of the most relevant issues in dementia care and living with dementia:  the need to address the individual, not just their symptoms; human rights issues; balance in dementia research funding; rehabilitation and palliative care in dementia care plans; better diagnostics; delaying institutionalization; inclusion; breaking stigma – I mean, wow, she really gave a great speech! She also touches on two other important topics:  psychosocial stimulation and maintaining work and contribution to society, mentioning her own experience and drive to continue contribution through advocacy.

She is a champion in breaking down stigma and raising awareness for people with dementia, particularly young-onset dementia (before age 65). Head on over to her website, have a read, and sign up to follow her.

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Meaningful activites with younger onset dementia

The importance of finding meaningful activities for someone with dementia

imageOne blog that has been brewing in the back of my blogosphere for a while is day care respite for people with younger onset dementia, a topic close to my heart.

Why day care or respite at all, when in fact, many of us could have been supported like any other disAbled person to stay at work?

Of course, when we are in the later stages of dementia, our care partner may need a break, and we might have to go into respite care to support them, or we may even need residential aged care permanently, but day care, a place where small children go while parents work?

Many people with younger onset dementia are diagnosed much earlier in the stage of the disease process. It is not the disease we fear the most. In fact, it is rarely a disease we consider as a possibility. When I attended a…

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