A person-centred philosophy views people dealing with dementia first and foremost as individuals with unique values, personal history and personality. Each person has the right to dignity and respect, and to participate fully in their environment.
When we look at someone with dementia as an individual, communication becomes easier and their lives become richer. This means learning about dementia, believing that communication is possible, focusing on the person’s skills and abilities, reassuring the person, staying positive, connecting with them in a way that reflects their interests and personality and accepting their current view of reality. Like all of us, the quality of life for someone with dementia is greatly dependent on how well they connect with others.
Being a Dementia Friend means making – and keeping – that connection strong.