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1 Baptcare Dementia and Pastoral Care Symposium: Improving Our Practice 28 June 2011 La Trobe University City Campus My name is Joe, not dementia Pastoral Perspectives and Reflective Practice Benetas Pastoral Care Team

2 The challenge for all of us is to develop a pastoral sensibility that enables us to relate to the whole person and to avoid merely reacting to the symptoms and related behaviours that come with the many forms of dementia.

3 The Spiritual Journey The journey toward spiritual well being and wholeness is very much influenced by the key existential questions about lifes meaning: Who am I? Where do I come from? Where am I going? Why? My name is Joe, not dementia!

4 I would like to tell you about 5 things that are very important to me & that give me a great deal of pleasure. These things may call on my intellect, or may be task focused & tangible, or may be social or draw on my spirituality or the ways I go about making meaning in my life: 1. ……………………………………………………………………………………… 2. ……………………………………………………………………………………… 3. ……………………………………………………………………………………… 4. ……………………………………………………………………………………… 5. ……………………………………………………………………………………… My Name is ………………………………. I have been doing this work for ……… WHO AM I? Adapted from workshop facilitated by Alzheimers Australia Vic

5 Spirituality and Meaning Making Just because I have lost much cognitive ability, does this mean that I cannot communicate about spiritual issues? Is my cognitive function necessary for my spirituality? How do changes in my cognitive awareness affect my spirituality? How important is memory to my spirituality? FRAGMENTS OF INSIGHT Embodied Memories Lillian Recurring Emotions Lucy Desire for Healing & Forgiveness Veronica Sense of the Sacred Sam If each of us were to walk in these peoples shoes, which of their insights would be spiritual or meaningful to me?

6 Presentation title What do we see? A disease with a set of symptoms and behaviours? Or A person who happens to be living with an illness?

7 My name is Joe, not dementia!

8 Some things to think about… Friendship and social inclusion Changing the discourse: death? Life? I hope that I will be loved and cared for just for who I am, even if who I am is difficult for me and for others. My name is Joe; not dementia! My name is Joe, not dementia!

9 In the Winter of my life I suppose that I shall become wrinkled and unthinking but I hope that I do not forget that once there was a Spring. In dealing with my youth I must remember that a bird has flown high in the summer sky and seen the blue and felt the sun. I hope that it will stay with me the power to dream and be a visionary and that I shall retain the ability to see tiny tender unnecessary things: A weeping tree A precious flower A colourful butterfly A capricious bee and that I shall ever be touched sensitively. Tangents: A Selection of Poems by Anne Chapman Parratt (A Resident of Benetas Lovell House) My name is Joe, not dementia!


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