Reducing anti-psychotic use in nursing homes not only requires education to hands-on team members about the well-being approach and how to operationalize it; it also requires a strong commitment from the formal leaders of the home, particularly the Administrator, Director of Nursing, Medical Director, and Consultant Pharmacist.
It’s part of a larger trend that that New York Times has dubbed a “medical mystery of the best kind”: common diseases of aging are in retreat in the United States and some other wealthy countries.
In my evolving understanding of how best to support people living with dementia, I came to realize several years ago that it was never really about antipsychotic drugs—it was about well-being. And more recently, I have come to realize that it wasn’t really about well-being either—it’s about humanity and human rights.
As we weave what we learned in Seattle into the script for Disrupt Dementia 2017, we hit the road with the goal to inspire the creation of inclusive and kind communities by sharing what is possible when we learn from elders.
The genius and beauty of Dementia Friends USA is anyone can get certified by learning about what it’s like to live with dementia, and then turning that understanding into action.
Imagine a community where people living with dementia mentor others, feel love, compassion and are comfortable coming out of the ‘dementia closet’. Those were some of the themes we explored in day one of our Disrupt Dementia retreat in Seattle.
Our society devalues older adults. And because we devalue them, we devalue those living with dementia. We joke about them. We marginalize them. And we segregate them from society.
Disrupt Dementia is a paradigm-shifting non-fiction theater performance designed to de-stigmatize dementia and open a space for new possibilities. During 2016, Disrupt Dementia visited 35 communities across North America as part of Dr. Bill Thomas’ ChangingAging Tour. During these performances we blended verbatim quotes from people living with dementia from ethnographic and participatory action research […]