Dementia enhances creativity, so provide services that are just as creative.

I love this buzzfeed (4 words I hadn't expected to say together).

http://www.buzzfeed.com/lukelewis/inspiring-tales-coping-with-dementia#.rixBzLRpnD

Particularly John's story:

'John Williams was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in January 2014, at the age of 70. Having dabbled in painting since his 50s, he was surprised to notice his natural technique changing. By the autumn his finely detailed brushstrokes had begun to give way to more abstract portraits; an “altered” style he found he really liked.'

“Alzheimer’s has changed my style of painting; it hasn’t changed my passion for art,”

For me this is one of the gifts and challenges of Dementia, the opportunity to look at the world in new ways. And it is the same challenge as for all of us wether we are living with Dementia or not, to stay true to ourselves and to also allow ourselves to grow. The reduced inhibition that Dementia can cause, often makes people more creative. Our challenge is to provide services that are as creative as they are!

Thanks to Des Kelly at NCF for sending this link my way www.nationalcareforum.org.uk/news.asp?sector_ID=14

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