What I Believe

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  • Human beings retain their worth and personhood throughout the course of brain illness.
  • The brain is the most complex, least understood system in the human body. Effective responses to illness require special knowledge.
  • Knowledge is power. Knowledge is critical to navigating the labyrinth of modern healthcare.
  • The person living with dementia and his or her family are in charge of their care. Healthcare professionals provide advice and information to promote informed consent.
  • People whose brain changes lead to aggression or resistance to care have the right to be treated with respect. This includes holding the use of potentially toxic medications as a last resort to ease their discomfort.
  • Standing with a person living with dementia is a long, convoluted journey. The ups and downs are unimaginable to those who have not observed them firsthand.
  • Those who provide this special care deserve all the support and compassion possible from family, friends, healthcare professionals, employers, faith communities, and governmental systems. This includes those who provide this care for a living.
  • Life provides opportunities for love and joy within the darkest circumstances. Focusing on human love and moments of joy is crucial to sustained compassionate care.
  • Humor is an underutilized tool that should be promoted in dementia care for the benefit of those living with disease and the care partners around them.
  • Dementia care isn’t rocket science. From beginning to end, it is heart science.

 

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