In Response to the PBS Documentary, “Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts”

January 27, 2017
Laura Beck, The Eden Alternative

hannah-thumbThere 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.

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Thank you so much. Very needed and appreciated perspective.


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