The cover photo of the Arts and Dementia Facebook group. The idea to form an Arts & Dementia Facebook community grew out of the interest of members of DAA’s Arts Workgroup who wanted to create an online forum where people living with dementia and their care partners could share their creativity and expressions of art. Donna Newman-Bluestein, Co-Chair of the Workgroup, serves as the Facebook page moderator. Donna is a board-certified dance movement [...]
Cover photo: Craig's mother, Wanda Fowler. Contributed photo. Often leaders have some personal interest that inspires their work – for example, the head of a freight railroad who played with trains as a kid, or the owner of a tree removal business who spent childhood summers climbing limbs in his backyard. Few are able to take a difficult personal experience – filled with uncertainty and challenges – and build a company to help [...]
Please join Host Chuck McClatchey as he talks with his vibrant friend, Nancy Nelson, who was diagnosed with dementia eight years ago. Nancy never took the medication prescribed for her as she compiled word and phrases that would come to her before dawn and created three “Books of Inside Feelings” to tell her story: “I write short verses and poignant words.” Nancy speaks to many people as an advocate, is busy creating a play [...]
Mike Belleville, 52, is a member of DAA's Advisory Board. He is living with Lewy body dementia. What does a day in the life look like for a person living with dementia? It obviously varies depending on the progression of the person’s dementia. Although I was diagnosed 8 years ago at the age of 52, I am still thankfully experiencing early symptoms of Lewy body dementia. I am challenged on a daily basis [...]
Please join This Dementia Life host Chuck McClatchey in an empowering conversation with Jennifer Carson, PhD, Director of Dementia Friendly Nevada; Kat Hartley, Project Mgr. for Cleveland Clinic’s Healthy Brain Initiative; and Nancy Nelson, national dementia advocate, as they describe “The Power and Impact of Participating in Dementia Conversations” that they co-lead on Mondays & Fridays for those living with dementia, family members, and care partners. In this friendly, non-judgmental environment, everyone is encouraged [...]
Friends of the Dementia Action Alliance gathered on the evening of July 21, via Zoom, to share memories of the past and goals for the future of DAA.
AgingME is Maine's Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program. Under the leadership of Dr. Susan Wehry, AgingME works to build an age-friendly healthcare system, "transforming primary care practices and engaging and empowering older adults". The Dementia Action Alliance's ongoing partnership with AgingME furthers our ability to create a better world in which to live with dementia. The below videos were recently produced to provide a better understanding of first-hand experiences of people living with dementia. [...]