Well-being through “Person-centered living for Person’s Living with Dementia”
Art and Science of Aging Conference 2015Presented by: Chris Simons
Who is the person living with dementia?
Do you know someone living with dementia?
What is it like to have dementia?
What is dementia?
Dementia is a shift in the way a person experiences the world around him/herThis connects us not separates usIt helps keep our focus on the whole person not the diseaseDementia is a change in abilityWe need to support person’s living with dementiaWe need to change our approach
What does well-being mean to you?
What is well-being
Being well-knownHaving personhoodIndividualityWholenessHaving a history
Freedom from doubtAnxietyFearSafeHaving privacyDignity
State of being connectedBelongingEngagedInvolved (not detached)Connected to the past, present, and futureConnected to personal possessionsConnected to place
Person-centered care is a philosophy that recognizes that individuals have unique values, personal history and personality and that each person has an equal right to dignity, respect, and to participate fully in his/her environment.It is more than a buzz word. It is individualized approaches and relationships.
What would person-centered care be for you?
Ways to enhance a person’s life that has dementia
ListenKnow the persons life storyConnect by common experiencesBe a friendRespect the person’s pastProvide activities that are meaningfulProvide unconditional love
“ Well-being: Beyond quality of Life” the Metamorphosis of Eldercare”.“ Dementia Beyond Disease” Enhancing Well-being”. Dr. Al Power“Person-centered Care for People with dementia” Generations, Journal of the American Society on Aging. Fall 2013, volume 37, no. 3