Dementia: Reinvest in Life

Kate Swaffer has suggests that those diagnosed with dementia need to Reinvest in Life.  Her article in the Australian Journal of Dementia Care, at the start of the year, points out that ‘Prescribed Disengagement’ is the approach that generally accompanies diagnosis.  It’s emphasis on accepting limitations, and witnessing decline, turns those diagnosed into victims and their carers into martyrs. Kate puts it this way:  ‘This Prescribed Disengagement™ sets up a chain reaction of hopelessness and terror which negatively impacts a person’s ability to be positive, resilient and proactive, ultimately affecting their well-being and quality of life’.

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About Remember Me

I am a retired adult educator. My wife had a stroke in February 2014 and now has mixed dementia. Her recovery from stroke has been exceptional apart from 50% loss of peripheral vision and vascular damage. 'Dharma For Dementia' is my approach to being Maureem's Care Partner: it aims to end the suffering of 'Prescribed Disengagement' (Swaffer) .
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