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About

Dementia Connections Coalition Re-defining Dementia.

VISION STATEMENT

“Re-define Dementia”
To aid in the creation of a paradigm shift in how people with dementia are perceived and treated. Asking the Person with Dementia (PwD) what they want and understanding that they will always answer when someone takes the time to listen.

MISSION STATEMENT

Dementia Connections Coalition has been formed to address the stigma that results after a dementia diagnosis. DCC was established to empower & collaborate with individuals living with dementia to encourage them to use their voice to stay active in their lives. We will serve as a platform to strengthen the voice of the person with dementia (PwD). DCC will campaign, educate and introduce tools that allow all stakeholders to better understand, accept and honor them as they strive to live a strong and rewarding life, despite the dementia diagnosis.

APPROACHES IN CARE

DEMENTIA AS A DISABILITY

World Health Organization (WHO)
Fact Sheet – CLICK HERE

Global Plan on Dementia – CLICK HERE

Dementia Alliance International – CLICK HERE

Global Plan on Dementia – CLICK HERE

World Dementia Council – CLICK HERE


HABILITATION

“The aim of “habilitation therapy” is not to restore people with a dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease to what they once were (i.e., rehabilitation), but to maximize their functional independence and morale.” – READ MORE


MONTOSSORI

“Montessori teachers create lessons and activities specifically designed to engage the senses. The more ways students are given to connect with the world they’re learning about for the first time, the more their brains become engaged, which means more opportunities for the new information to become long-term memory.” – READ MORE

Elder Options of Texas – Montessori Method for Dementia Care – READ MORE


PERSON-CENTERED

“Person-centered care recognizes that dementia is only a diagnosis of the person, and that there is much more to the person than her diagnosis. A person-centered approach changes how we understand and respond to challenging behaviors in dementia.” – READ MORE


RELATIONSHIP-CENTERED/RELATIONSHIP DRIVEN

“Recognizes the importance of the interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships that exist between the person and others around them.  The relationship forms the context within which caring occurs.  The interconnectedness of the physical, spiritual, social and emotional aspects of well-being and illness is recognized, and the practitioner responds to the experience of the person with dementia holistically.  Exploring the meaning they attach to the experience of dementia provides insights and therapeutic avenues that are otherwise hidden.”
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VALIDATION

“The basic idea behind validation therapy is that people who are in the late stages of life may have unresolved issues that drive their behaviors and emotions. The way caregivers or family members respond to these behaviors and emotions can either make them worse or help resolve them.” – READ MORE