Imagine a society in which people with dementia belong and matter…
Where they feel connected and valued and those concerned about them feel comfortable and confident in maintaining these important relationships.
Where people move away from feeling frightened about dementia
to a new recognition of the opportunities it presents to reach out to those living
In the words of Dame Cicely Saunders, “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life”. This is all the more true for someone living with dementia, a condition that can unsettle the very foundation of what it means to be ‘you’ by affecting your memory and your ability to communicate.
This is why we’re working with Memory Bridge to introduce a new way of viewing the challenges associated with dementia, by offering a variety of training programmes focused on creating meaningful relationships with people with dementia.
The founder of the Memory Bridge initiative, Michael Verde, is joining us this November to host a series of events focusing on communicating with people with dementia.
With Michael, we’re hoping to create new opportunities for you to talk about your concerns for your friends and family members who have dementia and identify new ways to view dementia to the benefit of society.
We would like to invite you to get involved in these events, whether you are a:
- Carer or health and social care professional wanting to increase your impact in your care of people with dementia and their families
- Community leader, player or activist wanting to change your neighbourhood, community or society
- Citizen wanting to live in a more meaningful way with people who think and behave differently and are at risk of being marginalised
- Curious person thinking about the world and its changing population and challenges.
“People with dementia do not lose their identities – unless we cease to identify with them. The principle source of suffering of those with dementia is emotional and social isolation. The good news is we can remedy that condition with the gift of loving attention. We can heal what can’t be cured.”Michael Verde