In this module, we will provide an overview of dementia from both a western perspective as well as an Indigenous perspective, the risks of going missing and tips for communication when engaging with someone living with dementia.
To have a better understanding of dementia, its signs and symptoms, prevalence, associated risks and impact on family and care partners.
To have a better understanding of dementia from an indigenous perspective, recognizing different perspectives on aging and dementia.
To learn about the potential risks for persons living with dementia.
To become familiar with the statistics related to persons living with dementia going missing.
To explore strategies for prevention and how we can reduce the risk of going missing.
To learn how to approach and manage dementia-friendly encounters, including what to do when someone is having a responsive behavior.
To explore communication techniques that can be used in encountering a person living with dementia.
Aging with Dementia in Indigenous Communities
This video provides a perspective of how dementia is understood in Indigenous communities, including the belief that it is a natural part of the circle of life. Contrary to the way that dementia is understood in Western culture, Indigenous communities do not have an all-encompassing term for dementia. Instead, ways to describe dementia may include being “forgetful” or having “something wrong with my head”. To facilitate a dementia-friendly interaction, it is essential to recognize that dementia may not be an accepted or recognized term for an individual, caregiver, knowledge keeper, or member of an Indigenous community. First Responders are encouraged to learn more about dementia and the communities they engage with to best serve the individuals and their cultures.
Downloadable Tip Sheet
THOTIIÒN:SERON' TÁNON' NE "TIAKO'NIKÓNHRHENS KÁHNRA'" NE ONKWEHONWÈ:KE
Mohawk captions are provided in this video on Aging with Dementia in Indigenous Communities.
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