Every once in a while something special comes along that has the power to stop us in our tracks. The “Person-Centered Matters” video about people living with dementia and those who care about them has such a power.
Typically media portray the debilitating aspects of dementia – the losses and difficulties they and their families face. Certainly there are those, but there are also positive aspects as well including having fun, laughing, and moments of joy. As a result of a lopsided portrayal, care partners and the general public end up with a stigmatized, fearful perspective of dementia and don’t know to find positive aspects.
“Person-Centered Matters” beautifully highlights the positive aspects about helping people live fully with dementia, told through the stories of five people living with the condition at various stages. The development and testing of the video was funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Alzheimer’s & Related Diseases Research Award Fund.
“Dementia can erode a person’s memory, but not being informed about good care practices can accidentally erode their spirit. It is our hope that by viewing this video, people’s understanding and perspective about living well with dementia is enhanced.”
– Karen Love, Co-leader of the DAA
Watch the 7 minute video below. Click here for the full 16 minute video.