Maintaining dignity with dementia.
This is what struck me while I viewed this video from The Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation Malaysia (ADFM).
Sometimes, it takes a different culture to help us see what’s possible in order to reaffirm what we’re doing or even stretch our boundaries.
Such is the case with the Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation Malaysia (ADFM) Adult Day Care that for the past seventeen years has been committed to care for loved ones with dementia.
When I was at a loss for how to keep my father’s brain and body stimulated as dementia progressed, I took him to a local adult day care center. There he flourished while socializing with others, engaging in activities, enjoying lunch and more before returning home from his “job.” He felt useful.
In An Alzheimer’s caregiver’s journey with ADFM, Joanne Yong describes her mother’s memory loss and explains how the services ADFM provide are benefiting her mother Shak Ah Lan. ADFM’s Patron, Puan Sri Wendy Ong, appears in the video, presenting details of ADFM’s day care center. Click to view video below.
What a joy to see Shak Ah Lan enjoy her time at the adult day care center and see herself as far younger than her years–a typical, perspective for a people with dementia. Although her body has slowed down, she still dances and identifies her daughter as her sister.
And did you notice toward the end of the video, the pebble-textured floor?
Now, there’s an idea for us to include here in the United States–a stimulating barefoot walk (with a handrail to prevent falls)!
Sometimes, it’s the smallest details that make all the difference in the world.
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A person with Alzheimer’s makes a dignified plea to the POTUS
Maybe I’m biased as a citizen of America, a country acknowledged by much of the world to be one of the forward-thinking advanced nations around the world, we have to feel a tinge of embarrassment when a person with Alzheimer’s makes a plea to the President of the United States (POTUS).
If the embedded video doesn’t play, click on Dear Mr. President, and members of Congress to view on YouTube.
Michael Ellenbogen was diagnosed with Young Onset Alzheimer’s Disease and helps raise awareness while serving as an outspoken advocate regarding policy.