It is Dementia Awareness Week 2017. Now, until Sunday the 21st.
If you want to see what was going-on last year, look here.
Today, we released to the world, via You Tube, our most recent film, focusing on Person-Centred Care and Dementia.
Just because you have dementia doesn’t mean you stop being you.
Dementia is a disease – it is horrible, vicious and, nasty; it robs you of your self, your identify, personality, memories, hopes & dreams.
It doesn’t need any help from us – the doctors, nurses or therapists, carers, advocates or supporters; let us un-do the disease, turn-back the clock. Let us look at what is disease and what is you.
You are everything; the alpha and omega of your existence. From the day of your birth, until you die, you is the essence; We start-out as babies. We acquire names, identities and personalities. We grow, develop and form into the people we become.
Disease is an add-on. A bit-part in the movie that is who we are.
Dementia is bad enough without being robbed of our identities.
Look… Here! Me…
Dementia is what has gone wrong; most of me is still right. Most of me is still here. Happy or sad, excited or frustrated, worried or…
When a person has dementia, most of them is still present; no matter the degradations; I am me and I will be me until I am no longer.
When you see and old man, look at the person; look at the 80 or 90 years of life that precedes the disease; the dementia must come second.
We are first-class citizens; let’s demote our diseases to second-class.
I am Albert and Oded, Yael and David, Donald and Jake;
I am myself, my family and friends, my work, my experience, love and laughter.
Once you have moved beyond all these elements, you can see me as a pathology, a falling apart, a loosening.
Let’s be having you!!!