27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you the most excellent way… LOVE (1 Corinthians 12:27-30).
To more fully understand dementia, and in turn to share this with others, it is vital that I keep up-to-date. I regularly look at different website (such as Dementia Australia, Alzheimer’s Research UK, Queensland Brain Institute, and Meaningful Ageing). I follow different organisations through Facebook, reading the articles and watching the videos which they post. I read current journals and try to read current books – particularly those which concern the forgotten dimension of spirituality and dementia.
A journal which I can definitely recommend is the Australian Journal of Dementia Care. Its articles are easy to read, informative, and current. In the February-March 2018 edition (pages 18-19) I was interested to read “A tale from a dementia champion”. You can read the article by clicking this link:
The Champion is Tim England. Tim has been gifted by God to be a Teacher, and he teaches with Love.
Tim graduated in late 2016 with a Bachelor of Dementia Care from the University of Tasmania, and has practical experience working in the community with people living with dementia. He describes himself as follows:
Having attended one of Tim’s public presentations I can certainly recommend it. You will receive a very helpful booklet to take away:
While some of Tim’s content overlaps with the content in “Discussing Dementia 1: An Overview”, he includes information about his local region – the Ku-ring-gai region in Sydney’s north – and speaks about how it could become a Dementia-Friendly Community.
It is worth going to Tim’s website: www.dementiachampion.com and finding out more:
If you live in Sydney why not attend one of his sessions? You can never have enough education. Better yet, if you live in the Ku-ring-gai region, why not work with him and others to develop a Dementia-Friendly Ku-ring-gai!