Tru here on Sunday, April 19. On Friday, I finished my first public speech in many years, on subject very important to me; Value of PWD Lived Experience as Contributor towards Dementia Friendly Community. Husband took these pictures as part of the video which we hope to post soon. Saturday there was a meeting, and …
Realized this morning that I have just passed one of those tipping points. Until this ADI Conference of 2015, I have thought of my “team” in advocacy efforts as only my friends in Dementia Alliance International and my Dementia Mentors “family” (of course, plus our good friend Dr Shibley Rahman). Looking back, some conflicts of ideology with care-partners had created a bit of an “us-vs-them” mentality.
The closer contact with individuals during these conference days has changed that. Except for yesterday’s ADI-DAI meeting, the most influential effects have been “chatting” and meals during after-hours contacts. But actually the largest effect was from the “teamwork” atmosphere during the meeting between the DAI members present, ADI Staff members Marc Wortmann and Jane Cziborra, and ADI Chairman-Elect Glenn Rees.
As usual, I have little memory of words spoken, but much memory of the feelings engendered from the meeting. The main thing was the feeling of an older brother (which I have never really experienced as an eldest child). The feeling of independence, alongside inter-dependence was actually quite profound. As a speaker, but especially as a DAI member, thank you for the opportunity to participate in that meeting. It created a paradigm shift for me. Also my thanks to Workshop chair, Mike Splain, for his assistance in my speech preparation.
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