With a physical disability the focus appears to be on enabling what you can still do. Look at the Invictus games. It was wonderful to watch people, who often had extreme disabilities, take charge of their life and turn their talents to different achievements.
I was so impressed with their attitude and the attitude of those around them – some amazing people with extreme disabilities being encouraged to focus on the positives, on the ‘can do’ and their disability put into the background……..so why isn’t this the case with dementia or with any mental illness?
Often the focus is on our losses, the losses in the present and the losses that havn’t even happened yet in the future……the negatives.
How many people living with dementia faced with such negativity go home and wait to die? Give up living?
No one tells them the possibilities, the challenges, the hope of what CAN be achieved. How many could achieve great things if only they were given hope, given positivity, given encouragement, instead of negativity…..
FOCUS ON THE PERSON, NOT THE DEMENTIA and see how much can still be achieved.
Such a shame that no matter whether a physical or mental condition, that the focus isn’t always on what we CAN still do. We still have talents, maybe different, maybe the same as before.
No matter how small, every achievement is a positive.