There is a need for greater cost transparency in our health care and aging system. There is a need for us to re-examine the worth associated with various services, actives, and positions within the aging and dementia services and professions. There is a need to talk about the cost of aging!
At every stage of life, we need people for different reasons, and we all enjoy the feeling of being needed, it is part of our human nature. So, for this to happen, we also need to need others. We are linked. We are necessary to each other. We need a community of family, friends, care and health professionals, and neighbors.
Programs rooted in Creative Engagement cause us to laugh and to smile, and sometimes cry, but they always tap into the beauty of human connection.
The launched of something new is happening, expanding my work with Dementia Letters Project. Over the last little while, I have worked on developing a virtual community that includes a Creative Engagement and Dementia training (and hopefully a conference in the spring.) I am heading into the unknown with great excitement for what could be.Continue reading “A New Adventure”
While immersed in this work I meet many people living with dementia. I read articles written by doctors, care professionals, advocates, family members, and individuals with many different forms of dementia. I am inspired and then discouraged. I am validated in my view and understanding, and then I am challenged. Through all of this, IContinue reading “In Communion”
The kitchen is missing! What is is about the Kitchen? It pulls us in like a magnet, to cry, to dance, to talk, to come together as family, friends, and community. Growing up it is the place for homework, helping Mom decorate Christmas cookies while also trying to sneak one behind her back. It isContinue reading “The Kitchen is Missing!”
Day Two! Today is where you come in. Welcome! Yesterday we looked at the past, and today we look at the present. The tides are changing and so much good is happening. People are starting to include individuals with dementia into the conversation and the development of care. Families have access to more helplines, supportContinue reading “To Build Our Community”
May we no longer run away, but rush towards those who are diagnosed with dementia and their loved ones. The story is common, someone, a friend or family member, is diagnosed with dementia but instead of the community rushing towards them, starting GoFund Me pages, and becoming advocates for dementia, they scatter, leaving the personContinue reading “Let Us Run…or Walk”
My wish is that all those living with dementia are wealthy. Um, what? Yes, wealthy. Not wealthy in terms of having a lot of money in your investment portfolio, although wouldn’t that be nice. I am speaking of a different kind of wealth. My wish is that all those living with dementia have hope andContinue reading “May All Be Wealthy”
Allison Lazicky from Tom-Notch Teams (the same Allison I did a post for in January about Life is Bluetiful) recently had me on her podcast, Bluetiful…Celebrating Kindness Leaders, produced by the Whole Care Network. It was a first for me, and hopefully the first of many. This podcast is, as the title informs, about KindnessContinue reading “A Bluetiful Life Continued”