I wrote this on Thursday as I am back at Woodbrooke in Birmingham this weekend, partly for a break but also to learn more about our senses in a Quaker way.
I find Woodbrooke very relaxing and the staff are wonderful.
Talking of our senses:
‘Talking Sense’ has been co-written by my friend Agnes Houston who is a co-founder of the Scottish Dementia Working group.
Agnes was diagnosed with younger onset Alzheimer’s Disease in 2006 at the age of 57.
The book contains interesting insights, practical tips and case studies.
There is a new Internet Radio Station DEEPNess Dementia Radio click on the link to find out more
” Because people living with dementia are individuals. They are multidimensional human beings who have more than one story, and a myriad of memories that are all part of who they are today.
Because we need to see people with dementia for more than who they were,but for who they are now. And who they WILL be. We are all capable of ongoing growth and experience, including people living with dementia.
Because people with dementia might be the exemplification of curiosity, with their ability to deeply experience long-past memories, as well as deeply experience this present moment.
How do we cultivate this curiosity, and honor its complexity? How do we ensure that the supports and services we create for people living with dementia reflect who they are as multidimensional individuals? “
Sonya Barsness’s article titled Do People with Dementia Really “Live in the Past”?