This guide was created to support team members in assessing senior living environments and discussing opportunities to create a sense of comfort and belonging for people living with dementia, particularly those who repeatedly attempt to exit. This guide can be used in all living environments, whether people living with dementia are living separately or alongside people without dementia.
I’m Still Here is a powerful research-based play that captures important aspects of, and deepens understanding about, the dementia journey from the perspective of persons living with dementia and their family partners in care. It was developed in partnership with researchers Dr. Gail Mitchell and Dr. Christine Jonas-Simpson, and playwright Vrenia Ivonoffski (ACT II STUDIO, Ryerson University).
Using a reflective practice approach, the DVD and accompanying teaching-learning guide takes viewers through the major themes and key issues reflected in the play. This versatile educational tool touches people on many levels and encourages personal discovery, reflection, and sharing of perceptions and experiences of life, quality of life, and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
Any person involved with individuals and families who live with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia will benefit from viewing the videotaped version of I’m Still Here and reflecting on the words of persons with dementia and the questions presented in this teaching-learning guide.
Date created: 2004