In Seattle, community members living with memory loss are rising up as the true spokespeople, and the true experts, on what it means to live with dementia!
A new study from UCSD demonstrates the potential of self-fulfilling prophecy for those who live in a world with a highly stigmatized view of dementia.
What is momentia? Momentia is a joyful proclamation. Momentia declares the new dementia story, a story not of fear, isolation, despair, futility and loss, but a story of hope, connection, growth, purpose and courage.
When I was a teenager, I probably had little expectation that someone my current age would still have a lot of growth left in him. But over time, I have learned that, as Eden Alternative Principle Nine states, “Human growth cannot be separated from human life.”
Every day, we can choose to continue telling the old dementia story, a story that condemns and terrifies, a story that adds burden to an already challenging journey. Or, we can choose to stop and listen. There’s a new dementia story being told.
Join us live Nov. 19 for the 6th Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration — Revolutionizing Elderhood — in Boston, MA.
The new dementia story is brewing, it is ripening, and it is ready to be heard. If we take the time to listen, we may hear a story overflowing with hope, a story not of decline, but a story in which people living with dementia are “on the rise.” This is Roger’s story.
It’s time to re-inject some humanity into the unloving scientism and unjust capitalism of the contemporary dementia industry.
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Look for us at the 6th Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration in Boston, MA November 18-20th.
Leapfrogging off my thought earlier this week about younger generations becoming resentful of older generations. The New York Time has an interesting piece about how people really aren’t very good at predicting how much (if at all) they will change as they age. When we remember our past selves, they seem quite different. We know how much our personalities and tastes have changed over… Read more →
Last week I watched a news report out of Canada that told a different type of story about Alzheimer’s and dementia. It told the kind of dementia story you almost never see in primetime news — a joyful story.
Earlier this week I was in Branson, MO helping to cover Signature Health Care’s 2013 Elder Vacation, and there are some great stories to look at.
Sitting in a local coffee shop, I recently overheard a couple of women talking about ageism and the havoc it wreaks on older people. But then, almost in the same breath, the focus of the conversation shifted to teenagers today.
It is not harder to design for older adults just because they have special needs — it is harder to design for them because we refuse to acknowledge their life experience makes them vastly more complex, nuanced and interesting than younger people.
Across the country community groups, agencies and academics are talking about the urgent need to create more elder-friendly communities. Too bad they’re part of the problem, says community activist Jim Diers.
Things are heating up in the race to reduce antipsychotic use. Three weeks ago, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new statistics ranking Tennessee as one of the top five states to significantly reduce the use of antipsychotics. Spurred by CMS’ National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes, Tennessee claims a 16.5% reduction in antipsychotic use between 2011 and 2013.
One of the ways old people are maligned are with accusations that we lack a sense of style. Don’t blame us. It’s the fashion industry which has not given one second’s thought to how our body shape differs from that of a 17-year-old.
Okay everyone, are you listening to me?? STOP! Just…stop. If there were a “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Dementia”, the first words would still be: “Don’t panic.”
It’s been six months since my last epistle but I have now reached the point where I feel as if I have recovered enough to jump back into the world of dementia advocacy.
In September ChangingAging is supporting the 3rd annual Seattle Design Festival (#sdf13) where I’ll be moderating a panel discussion on Enlivening Design For Aging.