Improv and Dementia

For a moment we became a support group in play, showing our humanity and our desire to be in community with others, seen, heard, acknowledged. Our common thread of dementia became just that, a common thread. Not an “issue” to fix or something to try to hide.

Featured in a Member Spotlight

Back in May I was interviewed by Samaritan Ministries for their Member Spotlight. It was an honor to be featured in this way. The main article was paired with two smaller blog posts about TimeSlips and Music. Follow the links below to read the article and blog posts. Member Spotlight TimeSlips Music

Hope and Healing

A key element to making all of this work though is the inclusion of those with dementia, of all different types and stories. It is from them that we will learn the boundary line, the place where helpful turns into demeaning, where good turns into harm, where head separates from heart.

In Communion

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!

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!”

Dementia Letters

This morning we have our next installment in the Dementia Letters Project from Mindy. Thank you Mindy   Dear dementia, Thank you for joining us, here on earth.  I know it’s a hard place to be; people often want you to go away—you’re simply misunderstood.  I’m accepting of your company.  You’re here for a reason,Continue reading “Dementia Letters”

“What If…”

Back in July, I did a “What if…” series on Instagram. It started off as one thought that occurred to me after having attended the Fox Valley Symphony’s concert at the ballpark but kept going. I wrote and shared a few of them, but I had many more floating in my head. Life can beContinue reading ““What If…””

A Swing Set

My brother recently purchased a new home and in the backyard, there is a single swing left by the previous owner. While at his house for a visit I thought of a resident I worked with several years ago who once said, “I wish there was a swing set for us old people. We wantContinue reading “A Swing Set”