There is an assumption that people with dementia immediately lose their autonomy and identity, and somehow become incapable of having a say in their lives - Sheffield Alzheimer's Society has successfully set out to challenge that myth.
The Society runs a peer support group for people with dementia - no carers allowed! - and this film gives an insight into to the articulate, supportive and celebratory community that has blossomed there. The secret? Allowing people to navigate their own approach to communication - not acting in their assumed ‘best interests’.
The film begs the question - why are these people marginalised when it comes to decisions about their lives, and what can we do change this?
Made as a collaborative project with Sheffield Alzheimer's Society and Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust. This film has since been adopted the national Alzheimer's Society as part of their training for staff and volunteers.
A film by Cathy Soreny and Emma Vickers
Editor - Rob Brown
SOund - Rib Cherry
Original sound track - Tywi Hywel
Supported by the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for South Yorkshire.
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