Having just watched some of the Invictus Games (the sport’s event created by Price Harry for wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans) it got me thinking. The motto of the Games is “I am” which you’ll see highlighted withing the letters of Invictus Games. The point of “I am” is that it’s a celebration of what people can do not what they can’t.
So where’s the Invictus Games for people living with dementia? We don’t get cross with someone in a wheelchair because they can’t climb a flight of steps. But how many times have seen someone get cross with someone living with dementia just because they’ve forgotten something, even something trivial like where the tea bags are.
But that person is still the person they were before, so where is the celebration of what they can do, not what they can’t?