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International Dementia Conference
International Dementia Conference
International Dementia Conference

Fighting For Life

Presentation Description

The coronavirus pandemic has shone a harsh light on the vulnerability and health and social care needs of older people. "Fighting For Life" explores these crucial needs and challenges attitudes towards older people particularly those with neurological conditions like dementia. 

In the tradition of the epic or dialectical Brechtian approach, it links drama with reality and provides a way of addressing contemporary issues and promoting critical thinking of common situations. It is inspired by the true experiences of the Findlay family in their efforts to get appropriate care for their elderly parents towards the end of their lives and set down in The Findlay Report. The drama is performed radio-style and the roles are Joan (mum, dementia); Jim (dad, Motor Neurone Disease), Sandra (daughter) and two actors playing a number of roles including Consultant, GP, Counsellor, Social Worker and Care Home Manager. Each performance is followed by a discussion with an expert panel. Nearly 1,000 people have attended performances held across the UK including health, social and palliative care professionals; researchers; clinicians; GPs; carers and families. Main feedback comments: "Powerful," "Emotional," "Worthwhile" and "Persuaded me to change my thinking and behaviour towards those I am caring for that have dementia" (Healthcare professional). 

'Fighting For Life' was a Finalist in the UK Patient Experience Network National Awards, 2018. 

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