In Response to the PBS Documentary, “Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts”
There is much buzz about the PBS’ documentary, “Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts” in culture change circles this week. Award-winning author and world-renowned geriatrician Dr. Bill Thomas offers an inspiring counter perspective to the “tragedy narrative” we are all so — unfortunately — familiar with. Read his deeply moving and very personal reflection in “A Hundred Miles in Their Shoes.”
Share his blog with your team members and consider asking these questions:
- How do we fall back into the tragedy narrative in our discussions about the people we serve?
- How do aspects of the tragedy narrative impact how we show up in caring relationships with those who live with dementia?
- What are some ways that we can create a new story about dementia and leverage this story to enhance identity, connectedness, security, autonomy, meaning, growth, and joy (the Eden Alternative Domains of Well-Being) for those who live with dementia?
When it comes to choosing a new story over the tragedy narrative, yes… every minute DOES count.