Thinking Differently About Dementia

Thinking Differently About Dementia

Agnes Houston

We want to challenge ourselves and others on how we think (and talk) about dementia.

And we want to support the development of conceptual thinking around dementia – in research, in policy, in practice, and in the wider public discourse.

Can we reframe our understanding of 'confusion and delusions' experienced by people with more advanced dementia?

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Can we start a debate that acknowledges that dementia disproportionally affects women?

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Can we embed a rights-based approach in policy and practice for people living with dementia?

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The language we use about dementia affects how people think and feel about dementia.

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How can we support people with dementia to set their own priorities about the issues they find important?

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Can the benefits of positive risk-taking outweigh the harmful consequences of avoiding risk altogether?

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How can communities be encouraged to engage with all people with dementia whatever their circumstances?

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How can we harness the power and value of peer support for people living with dementia?

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