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& they say dementia takes the person away...
This has been an area of ongoing debate with many believing there is a need to really engage with the individual, know what is important to them and get into their reality to be able to make connections. David Sheard from Dementia Care Matters describes himself as being like Marmite; you either love him or hate him. His team worked with Channel 4 on the series Dementiaville. The ethos of his approach is to focus on emotional intelligence. The team had real impact when they worked with the person and their family to understand what was important to them including their interests or passions.
What would you would want people to know about you if you were living with dementia?
For now we would like to share the work of Naomi Feil. Naomi introduced Validation Theory in the early nineties and there is still real relevance in this approach. Some of our most rewarding working days have probably been when we have really engaged with someone, whether they have stopped what they are doing to speak with us, simply spent time with us or even showed their appreciation through the touch of our arm or stroke of our cheek.
The Gladys Wilson film is really famous and you may be familiar with it. The video is so powerful and will probably make you emotional every time you see it.
You can watch it below: