Becoming relational with our loved ones with dementia is one of the most important things we can do to help all living with dementia live wealthy in community. We cannot provide the best care possible without first becoming relational. By communicating through words, body, emotions, and creativity we allow ourselves to discover our shared story. Let us find and share our shared story.
All of us are living with dementia so I invite you to follow along. Favorite this site, follow the blog, and like the Facebook page, and join in on the conversation.
To be a guide and voice when needed to help change the landscape of aging and dementia.
To use creativity to help individuals become relational with each other and in doing so allow for the formation of community and the ability to cultivate and live the life we have all been created and called to live.
Working as an independent contractor to provide a wide range of services that help to educate, serve and support those living with dementia and our community.
In my 6th-grade science class, my peers started talking about dementia. At the time I had no clue what it really was, nor was I aware of anyone in my life who had dementia. I knew enough though, that when a classmate started calling it, “old timer’s disease” to be appalled by that comment. This launched my passion for working with dementia as a volunteer. In 2005 when my grandmother (Grandma Marie) was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia, the story become personal. My view of dementia as well as a greater awareness of what it means to live with dementia drastically changed. I saw the struggles, stereotypes, and the family journey. The world of dementia that I had moved into continued to grow, evolve, and transformed once again as I worked to make dementia my vocational career.
The Dementia Letters Project started off as a blend of Life Enrichment work, and volunteering (at the time named, Bonae Memorie.) In 2017, I started the shift towards working as an independent contractor and in 2018 I officially launched The Dementia Letters Project.
Over that last 14 years I have recognized the need for those living with dementia to tell their story, and for the greater community to start having a different type of conversation. The exists a longing to move away from the doom and gloom and into joy. I started the project as a way to help all of us share our story of dementia and move into that joy.
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