Depression does not need to be a normal part of aging. It’s up to all of us to acknowledge—and address—the risk.
A name can be a powerful thing and I still struggle with knowing the best term for the phenomenon we know as dementia. Can we come up with a name that captures both the challenges and the joys of people experiencing it?
Social stigma or other barriers often prevent people living with dementia from remaining involved and connected to their communities. That’s where efforts like Don and Donni Reddington’s Ride4Alzheimer’s – and other initiatives promoting dementia-friendly communities – can make such a difference.
Music and Memory is a great tool for engagement for people living with dementia (and everyone), within the context of a deeper transformational approach to support and care. It is not a magic bullet, and we need to stop expecting to find a magic bullet. There is no substitute for relationships, meaningful engagement in all aspects of life, and shifting our systems to support different ways of living and caring.
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.
Dementia Friendly Nevada asks people with dementia and their care partners, ‘what do you need and how can we help you develop what’s needed in your communities?’”
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.