It has been a busy couple of days, and after four presentations, and a lot of other things to do I am feeling exhausted. However, we have a conference dinner tonight, which John Sandblom and I are making a supreme effort to attend in part to honour ADI and Glenn Rees in particular for their support of Dementia Alliance International.
The picture was taken of me with three other people living well with dementia, also presentating at this conference. Helga was a key note speaker also, and Chris and Tru gave excellent presentations in concurrent sessions today.
A few other people with dementia have also spoken, including Maxine, Gayle and Wendy, and tomorrow John Sandblom is representing DAI, and Mick Carmody is presenting on living well. These are exciting times for people with dementia, as we collectively come out of the woodwork and take on the world, refusing to be locked away, refusing to accept exclusion and discrimination, and 100% wanting a place at the dementia table.
The mantra, which began in the disAbility sector about 30 years ago, and taken on by the groups of people with dementia since 2000, started by DASNI, then the Scottish Dementia Working Group, is finally becoming a reality. It is no longer just a distant dream. Those of us living with dementia now, must say thanks to the pioneers like Richard Taylor, Christine Bryden and Peter Ashley, and many others, as we continue on the work they started.
We have managed to video a few of the presentations, and will upload them onto the DAI YouTube Channel as soon as possible, and next week the blog for DAI will be a wrap up about this conference. We have had some loyal supporters with us, in particular our colleague and friend, Shibley Rahman. Next week, Adelaide is going to rock!!!