As it is Dementia Awareness Month, Day 10, and I am publishing two blogs per day, one here and one for Dementia Alliance International, which is hard work, and coming up with anything to blog on a daily basis is challenging! So feel free to send me images or quotes or ideas, or even by joining the conversation on my blog, kind or otherwise. The confronting ones usually give me ideas and topics to think and ultimately, to write about. It never hurts me to think about things differently, and there have been many times, I have changed my thinking, my actions or my words, because someone has disagreed with me or suggested I see it another way. No one is ever always right or wrong, we mostly act in the world, based on our own personal experiences.
A dear friend of mine, Shibley Rahman sent me this quote I have featured here a few days ago, and it has inspired a few words for this blog today. People with dementia are finding this out in droves, as the whole dementia sector wants to ‘engage’ with us, to steal our thoughts and expertise, but not employ us or pay for this expertise.
“Engaging” with us, helps their professional profile, and their business image and bottom lines, and it helps their funding applications, as most of their applications would not be accepted without including us in some way.Generally speaking, it is not yet a win-win situation.
Most of us don’t even want to be paid, we speak out to help improve the lives of others living with dementia, although every other consultant ‘engaged’ does actually get paid. It would be supportive and respectful, if you ‘engage’ with us, to support your own work, including asking us to share our knowledge and lived experiences, to at least donate to our chosen charities. Mine is of course, Dementia Alliance International. In fact, if you find this blog helpful, I would love for you to donate there.
And finally for today, as the late Dr Wayne Dyer said many times;
This is my way. What is your way? There is no right way.