Since it was created over two years ago, Instagram account @pamzor22 has displayed special and everyday moments in the life of Pamela, who lives with dementia.
Pamela’s family were unhappy with the care their mother received over an 8 month period in an Aged Care Facility and a Mental Health Unit. So Pamela’s family decided to ‘go it alone’ and care for their mother in her own home.
On returning home, Pamela’s wellbeing and health dramatically improved, especially after her family de-prescribed her antipsychotic medication originally commenced whilst Pamela was in institutional care.
With the help of two extraordinary home carers, Pam’s family put into practice theories which enable a person with dementia to live well.
Pamela’s daughter started an Instagram account to connect Pamela with her family and friends. The account also helped Pam’s daughter to replace traumatic memories of the previous months with new joyful times. The images became priceless treasures.
The aim of presenting Pamela’s Instagram images is to inspire hope, dispel the negative stigma associated with the experience of dementia and to show how there is life after chemical restraint.