10 lessons learned from people with dementia

I was happy to come across this post on Huffington Post. I was just talking with Dan Mogensen from MindBuddy about how I would like to make a documentary that highlights some of the good things about dementia (philosophical views of personhood, perception of reality, changing viewpoints, mindfulness, humor, challenging individuals and society to accept and care for people who have different cognitive processes, increased focus on quality of life, etc. – we talked about a lot of things).

While this article isn’t necessarily focused on these ideas, I like (and think it’s important) that there is a growing trend in not focusing on the doom and gloom of dementia. Life doesn’t end with a dementia diagnosis. A person’s personhood and personality don’t end with a dementia diagnosis. Relationships and social meaning don’t end with a dementia diagnosis. They will take new forms and meanings, and will give new insights if we take the time to notice. Continue reading

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Real stories of dementia adventures

I was searching for stories of dementia adventures online, and I was led to a discussion thread on Alzheimer’s Society’s website. It helps to hear what others have been through and how they handled it. Feel free to read their stories and share one of your own. Click on the title below to go to the site.

Dementia adventures…

I just thought I’d create a thread where we can write about the ‘adventures’ we’ve had with our loved ones that have dementia. The thread can be useful for others who can use view it as tales of caution, and a stress relief for the others, because I don’t know, I get a weird need to giggle when you have one of these ‘adventures’ and survive it unscathed!

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