Getting to know the person with dementia: the importance of memories
This video is about the importance of getting to know the person with dementia, learning about their memories and experience, understanding the person's history and their likes and dislikes.
Messages for practice
- Understanding the person with dementia helps to provide person centred care and support.
- Sometimes people need support to express their memories, thoughts and feelings.
- Finding the right support for people with dementia can make a big difference to their quality of life.
Who will find this useful?
Care staff, care managers, social workers, nursing staff, occupational therapists, people with dementia, friends and families of people with dementia, carers, care providers, trainers, training providers, social care workforce, social care staff.
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And still the music plays
Professor Graham Stokes’ 2008 book shares the stories of 22 people with dementia and in doing so conveys that it is critical to think deeply about each person individually in order to respond well to their unique needs. Published by Hawker Publications.
Dancing with dementia: My story of living positively with dementia
Christine Bryden writes powerfully in this book about her experience of living with dementia, and argues for greater empowerment and respect for people with dementia as individuals. This 2005 book is published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Dementia DiariesDementia: Lesley’s story
The Dementia Diaries project involves people living with dementia keeping an audio record of their daily life with dementia. Contributions cover a number of themes: care and support, public perceptions, family and friends, living well with dementia, daily challenges, and policies and service provision. The project is the work of the non-profit communications organisation On Our Radar working with DEEP.
This Alzheimer’s Society film features Lesley, who lives with dementia, talking about her life working with children, the work she continues to do and her many hobbies. This film is part of the Society’s ‘Remember the person’ campaign, which asks people to think about the individuals living with dementia and not just the diagnosis.
The Life Story Network
This organisation promotes the value of using life stories to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of people and communities, including people with dementia. Its website includes information about workshops and events, sharing practice online, and links to key resources.
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