Independence, confidence and support
When a person is diagnosed with dementia, or even before that point, they can see their world start to shrink. They may become gradually excluded from familiar places and activities. Friends may disappear and it may become increasingly difficult to find meaningful social interaction. Even the home, that has been a place of security, may begin to seem strange and unfamiliar.
The effect of these changes on a person’s sense of wellbeing, independence and confidence can be immense. This is why it is so important that communities and public bodies, in partnership, do their utmost to ensure that life does not close in on the person with dementia and their family.
The work outlined in this volume of ‘Dementia: A Whole Life Approach’ gives a clear illustration of some of the ways that a person living with dementia can be supported to live a life that is fulfilling and productive. This kind of work should be supported routinely by public authorities and other funding bodies across Scotland
Public bodies, in fact, have a duty to address disadvantages experienced by people due to their disability. They should be taking very active steps to meet the particular needs of people with dementia, and of unpaid carers.
This publication looks at the broad ranging ways that Trust funded projects have found to promote and maintain the independence, confidence and support of people living with dementia and unpaid carers, ranging from the arts, outdoor projects, befriending, technology, physical activities… their creativity knows no bounds.