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International Dementia Conference
International Dementia Conference
International Dementia Conference

Resilience, COVID-19 and Dementia

Presentation Description

The current pandemic is the biggest challenge many of us have faced. It is a global experience and has resulted in drastic societal changes and isolation from our places of work, family and friends. This paper is focused on resilience and the role it can play as we adjust to this ‘new normal’. However, it asks what can we learn from people living with dementia about resilience, and how can we use this information practically, as we respond to the challenges of COVID-19? In answer to this, Dr Julie Christie discusses her research with people living with dementia in Scotland, which used a narrative approach, to understand resilience in the context of everyday life. This has resulted in a model of resilience which is built on three building blocks of connectedness to others, a sense of mastery and control over our lives and circumstances, and our ability to make sense (meaning making) of the situations we find ourselves in. The session concludes with practical things we can all do as we move forward into this uncertain future together.    

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