Dementia can be a lonely, confusing and emotional journey for all affected – both the person living with dementia and the loved one wondering how best to support them.
Having walked this road with my mum for fifteen years, I am passionate about sharing the things that helped me to cope, and that kept Mum connected to life, love and meaning.
Through my Blog and Facebook page, Dementia Connections SA, I hope to build connections with inspiring people, information and resources. I live in Cape Town, South Africa (SA). Wherever you live, I hope you’ll share your experiences and ideas with the community.
Here are some of the themes we’ll be covering:
I’ll be blogging about these themes, and also sharing words of inspiration, hot tips, cool activities, and links to a global network of dementia advocates, researchers and supporters.
Here’s a taste of what you can look forward to:
- Soul, spirit & sense of self: What is the ‘soul essence’ of your loved one with dementia? What meaningful and delightful activities can you enjoy together?
- Loved ones & communication: When it’s hard to hold a conversation, how else can you communicate about what really matters?
- Access to nature & community: How can we prevent people with dementia ending up trapped indoors and disconnected from life?
- Healthy living & dementia prevention: Can we lower the risk of getting dementia? Can a healthy lifestyle help?
- Research, design & technology: What are we discovering about dementia? Can design and technology improve the quality of life of people with dementia?
- Support for care partners: How can care partners become more resilient and avoid burn-out? What support is available?
The dementia journey is hard – but it can also transform us. Just know that you don’t have to walk it alone.
With love and care