The whole focus of this week is that, within the community, we should be more aware of those living with dementia, but, more than that, to see ways in which we can offer practical support or help, so that friends or family, with dementia, continue to feel totally included in the things that are going on around them. Dr Tom Kitwood, who developed the Bradford Dementia Group at the University of Bradford, emphasised the importance of “person centred care “ with those suffering from dementia.
In what has become known as the Kitwood Flower, with its five petals, he has emphasised the relevance of Attachment, Inclusion, Comfort, Occupation and Identity as key relational aspects in our concern and care for those with dementia. In fact, taken together, we are dealing with five key values which translate into one word in the Christian vocabulary, namely – LOVE. Hence, as we turn to John’s Gospel, chapter 13 verse 34, we have the words of Jesus himself “ A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you , you also are to love one another”.
All Saints aims to be a dementia friendly family, where we are encouraged to share the love of Christ, from the oldest to the youngest, from the frailest to the fittest.
If you wish to become more involved with those suffering from dementia, for example with the Alzheimer’s Society, as a Dementia Friend, or as a volunteer, please speak to Stephanie Tuddenham, or to Gordon Scoble (who is an Alzheimer’s volunteer ), or call the Society in Horsham, 01403 213017 and express your interest.
In the autumn we plan to organise an “Understanding Dementia”, half day seminar in the Tiger.Gordon Scoble