Value for Lived Experience of PWD as Contributor to Dementia Friendly Community

Realize most will not be able to attend this conference, so thought you might be interested in my oral presentation; current draft (along with slide presentation) is below. … You can see significant things are being produced. I think verbal or artistic produce from Lived Experiences of Persons With Dementia ARE able to contribute toward Dementia Friendly Communities. Despite our “Dementia” label – or maybe even BECAUSE of that context, it is very important to value the product from our remaining cognitive abilities. One of the best ways is to listen to the words – truly LISTEN, not just wait and endure while we are speaking – not just quickly scan what we write. Instead reflect on our thoughts and art, in order to APPLY our experiences to your own relationships.