Tuesday, December 2, 2014

LGBTI People and Dementia - Mary and Thelma: VIDEO from Alzheimer's Australia SA

This video above is exactly why I love Alzheimer's Australia - always thinking outside the square.

Here, Alzheimer's Australia SA present a video shining a light on the LGBTI community.

From their ‘People in Dementia and Health Care Services’ Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Community Dementia Project comes this video showing the mother-daughter relationship between Mary and Thelma, as they share their emotional journey with ‪#‎dementia‬ - from diagnosis to managing day-to-day living. And guess what people, this is as real as it gets. Every word Mary says is the truth: you do not know what it's like until you are living it daily. That is why it is so grating when someone says, "they seem fine to me!"

Daughter Mary has moved states in order to care for her mother. She has moved away from her longtime partner Lyn, and it's hard to be away from her, as she explains in the video.

Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing National Dementia Support Program for People with Special Needs, this training video was designed to teach health care workers as well as members of the general public about dementia in LGBTI communities.
To find out more about their LGBTI Dementia care services and training, call them on (08) 8372 2100.

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