Round up of “In my shoes” – Dementia Awareness, Week 8

We are now at the end of Week 8 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.

Each week seems to bring a new development. Last week, the blog was featured on the Department of Health Dementia Challenge website. This week people, several of whom have written guest blogposts in this series, have been increasingly coming together on Twitter as a very committed group of #dementiachallengers – (the hashtag is a way of following what is happening). I am honoured and delighted to be part of this emerging group of people working to make a real difference to people living with dementia and their carers.

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 8:

Day 42: In the shoes of … Trisha Lewis | Dementia Unravelled

As a professional entertainer and actor, Trisha specialises in providing reminiscence sessions and entertainment with triggers and music… just the sort of creativity we need to bring a bit of fun and happiness into the lives of people living with dementia…

Day 43: In the shoes of … Suzy Webster | Expert by experience and dementia trainer

Suzy gives a powerful insight into how dementia affects not only the person but has a profound effect on the wider family. Now, in turn, her young children are teaching us how to “see the person”.  An emotional journey shared with love and compassion…

Day 44: In the shoes of … the Twitterati | A.k.a the POWER of Twitter! 

An impromptu post – by me! – in the middle of the week. I got excited about the groundswell that was building on Twitter, the amazing people who were coming together and, most importantly, the POTENTIAL TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!…

Day 45: In the shoes of … Paul Roberts | Chief Executive | Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Paul tells us how his grandfather influenced his life and, importantly, inspired him to join the NHS and to become a dementia champion. He talks about current practice in Wales, including introduction of the excellent Butterfly Scheme…

 Day 46: In the shoes of … Andrea Sutcliffe | Chief Executive | Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

 I have always been a big fan of SCIE resources. I particularly like SCIE TV and ‘Personalisation: A Rough Guide’ by Sarah Carr. In this blogpost, Andrea Sutcliffe tells us more and includes lots of excellent links to the SCIE websitespecifically looking at dementia…

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 more fascinating stories next week. We have contributions lined up including … a dementia journal and an innovative housing scheme. And more 🙂

About Gill Phillips - Whose Shoes?

Passionate about personalisation in health & social care. Creator of Whose Shoes? - an imaginative approach to helping people work together to improve lives.
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