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, support groups, memory cafés, and other resources than ever before, and we better understand what legal and medical documents should be filled out, and what to questions to ask our doctors and care community staff. Finally, we are in a better position to do the best we can to support and continue to love our family members and/or friends with dementia through the growth of dementia friendly communities and the people interested in entering the field of aging. We are becoming creative, innovative, and bold in our approach to life enrichment and community building. This growth excites me and brings great hope for what the landscape will look like as we move forward.
Up until this point, you have heard from me, and have hopefully come to understand my point of view. Now, I would like to hear and understand what you see. The bigger we can paint this picture the brighter our community will become for all of us. So I invite you to write a letter, one that you can send to me that I will post on this blog, sharing the different journeys of dementia.
Here are the steps to take if you are interested in writing a letter.
Anyone may write a letter, it doesn’t matter how long or how short.
You can address it to yourself, your family members, the community, to dementia, to your doctors, to God, to anyone or everyone.
The letter will be your opportunity to share your story of dementia as a person living with dementia, caring for a loved one, working/studying in this field, or even address your own fears and uncertainties about this disease. You do not have to be directly impacted by dementia to write a letter.
You may sign it with your name, a pen name, or anonymously.
This letter will not be a way to promote your work or product. It will not bash any individual or organization. While I encourage you to be vulnerable and honest in your voice, if we could keep it fairly clean in language that would be much appreciated.
To write a letter you may fill out this Google form.
I will post my letter on Monday of this week if you would like to read an example letter.
I look forward to hearing from you, learning from you, and growing this community.