dementia-friendly 

Have you ever had a long day and found yourself jumbling your words or forgetting things?  Thinking or saying out loud, "I'm losing my mind."  This is a natural thing that happens to an overworked brain, while also being a taste of dementia.  For the healthy brain, rest-relaxation-and play will flush this out.  For people living with dementia, this is their "normal".

When it comes to positive interaction and play, it's important to recognize that labels can be chucked out the window or thrown into the sea.  People are people.  Some people are living with chronic stress, some with depression, some with heart disease, some with optimal health, some with diabetes, some with cancer, and some with dementia. 

The word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, language, and problem solving. These changes are often small to start with; for someone with dementia, they have become severe enough to affect daily life. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their behavior or mood.

Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged, for example-- by Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but not the only one.

-The Alzheimer's Society

Dementia-friendly simply means... to be friendly!

To interact in a way that not only accepts, but embraces: 

~all answers and responses

~long pauses

~repetition

~different abilities

~physical adaptations

~new words that may not be in Webster's Dictionary

~sounds and movements in place of words