We are now at the end of Week 7 of this “in my shoes” series, looking at dementia from different perspectives. What started as an idea for Dementia Awareness Week has turned into an extended series of daily guest blogs with a rich and diverse range of viewpoints. We are co-producing “the big picture” of what dementia really means in the UK today: sharing good practice and flagging up real life stories, showing what needs to improve. The series is featured on the Department of Health Dementia Challenge website. Thank you to all the contributors and to everyone who has been commenting and re-tweeting on Twitter. Please post comments on the blog too! This is a round up of Week 7:
Stuart tells us how Mindings can help families stay in touch on a day-to-day basis, including sending family photos and handy reminders to people with dementia…
STOP PRESS: Stuart this week also launched “Disruptive Social Care” (love the name!) podcast number 2 with a fab recommendation of Whose Shoes? and this dementia blogging series… Thank you Stuart Arnott and Shirley Ayres!
Day 37: In the shoes of…Simon Foster | Director | Equip 4 Change and Co-creator of Care Fit for VIPs
Do you ever worry about getting dementia and “ending up” in a care home? Simon Foster tells us about Care Fit for VIPS, an online toolkit for dementia homes and the wonderful example of Merevale House
Day 38 In the shoes of Tony Jameson-Allen | Co-founder of The Sporting Memories Network C.I.C
Great idea! Tony uses sports reminiscence as a way to stimultate thoughts, emotions and conversations among sports lovers who happen to be living with dementia. He includes one of my favourite cricket stories…
Day 39: In the shoes of Mary… with thanks to Andy Bradley | CEO | Frameworks 4 Change
In a world where we all dash about and complain about being too busy, the idea of patience and stillness and being “in the moment” is a wonderful lesson. Here we share “Mary’s story”, which challenges us all to exercise patience and to value and learn from every human being…
Day 40: In the shoes of Anna Geyer | Director | New Possibilities
Anna and I co-facilitate many Whose Shoes? workshops and are both passionate about dementia care. Here Anna explains how she became involved and talks about changes she has seen over the years …
We are taking a one week break from the daily posts in the dementia series to consolidate the work done so far and get “better value” from the time invested by our excellent guest bloggers.
We are asking people to share their favourite stories through social media and their networks.
Also…there are some wonderful quotes in the series. We will be tweeting some of them – perhaps you would like to do the same.
The dementia series continues with some more fascinating stories next week. We have contributions lined up including … reaching people through singing and creative arts, involving children in dementia care… and TWO tweeting, blogging Chief Executives. But you will have to wait a short while…:)