January is national Alzheimer’s awareness month and this year they are promoting the #Still Here campaign.
The Alzheimer Society website has a powerful video and many quotes. I encourage you to take a look.
For me, it was a reminder, that people live with dementia. People with full, rich lives. People who garden, shop, write, cook, dance. People with diverse ways of spending their time. For me the # Still Here Campaign is a powerful reminder for us as occupational therapists to focus on all the occupations that bring richness to a persons life. Not just the ADLs and I-ADLs; although they are important too :).
This campaign has inspired me to talk for a little longer with my patients about what brings value, what is important, what brings pleasure and how we can make it happen, how we can modify, adapt and enable.
Let us remember to see the person first. # Still Here.