Returned home Thursday from 2018 American Academy of Neurology annual meeting. Above film was our Dementia Action Alliance video entry for the 2018 Neuro Film Festival, now shared at https://youtu.be/kTPTCPaWD6M
Unfortunately was not able to be part of presentation panel, but my friends Robert Bowles, Laurie Scherrer, Brian LeBlanc, and Mr & Mrs Driver did a wonderful job. Spending time with them, and my friend Danny Potts, made for some very special days.
This was in case i had the opportunity for briefly speaking to neurologists at the meeting:
DO avoid “prescribed disengagement”
(great term Kate Swaffer came up with)
Care partner is important in big picture, but I am your patient.
Learn communication strategies from persons living with dementia (because in this case we are the experts).
Each person is different, but for me and many others, primary strategies are:
2) … Changing train of thought takes extra time for me, so also pause between thoughts, so that I can change channels and keep up.
3) … Communicate with words, body language and/or graphics.
4) … Meet my eyes and speak directly with me.
2) NON-PHARM along with pharmacological ideas for management of grief, added stress, and whichever combination of dementia symptoms patient might encounter on this path.
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Kate Swaffer’s blog on topic of “Prescribed Disengagement” >> https://kateswaffer.com/2014/01/20/re-investing-in-life-after-a-diagnosis-of-dementia/
Suggested in pkg at Dx >> https://truthfulkindness.com/2018/02/19/still-my-life/
Dementia Mentors >> https://www.dementiamentors.org/
Dementia Alliance International >> https://www.dementiaallianceinternational.org/
Dementia Action Alliance >> https://daanow.org/
Top recommended PLwD blogs, websites, & groups >> https://truthfulkindness.com/links/plwd-blog-2018-rec/
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