Between ChangingAging Tour performances last year year I launched our first Gratitude Tour. I travelled up the West Coast (San Francisco to Portland) with a small group and every day we stopped at Independent Living communities along the way. Our mission— express gratitude for the elders we met along the way, and the people whose daily work makes the lives of those elders better.
Imagine a dementia-inclusive community; a place where each person’s uniqueness is valued, deep relationships flourish and differences are embraced. Imagine a dementia-inclusive community where each person’s perceptions and experience of the world, while often different than our own, are taken into account and honored.
A report from the Slow Lane: Social coercion is a complex phenomenon. Social coercion is the water we learn to be ourselves in; it is the complex environment that coaxes out of us our own nuances.
Without going into current events specifically I’d like to explore an expression of resilience that relates directly to our communities.
Formed as a coalition of “community partners,” Momentia’s purpose is to empower people with memory loss and their care partners to remain connected and active in the community. Central to the movement’s philosophy is its positive perspective on dementia and a collective determination “to transform what it means to live with dementia in the community—thus changing the story from one of despair to one of hope.”
I first ran across the word “humankindness” doing my doctoral research into community and have been captivated by it for over 20 years.
Books on dementia are usually addressed not to friends but to family caregivers or professionals. I approached this book with excitement because we rarely see the words “dementia,” “friendship” and “communities” together.
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.