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International Dementia Conference
International Dementia Conference
International Dementia Conference

There, but quietly in the shadows

Presentation Description

Glenys Petrie believes that people living with dementia need to be supported to maintain their skills and capacities immediately on diagnosis. Her philosophy is that she can support her partner John better by stepping back and providing opportunities for him to continue engaging in daily activities. She believes that John has a Right to maintain his autonomy and independence which will sustain his confidence. He should be able to take appropriate risks without her judgment whilst if necessary and with discussion, establish new routines for them both. She even suggests new opportunities for him to consider. Both she and John have together learnt how to remain connected with their local community and promote the perspective of living positively with his diagnosis. However, there have been many obstacles placed in their way which have created stressors, but her tenacity and advocacy has resulted in many new learnings about themselves and others. Whilst not in denial of the expected trajectory that the diagnosis presents, it's important to Glenys that they can continue to focus on what's important; engage in and enjoy activities of interest; and focus on living positively.

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