Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Sylvia McGrath, Peter Nena, Shilpa Garg, Inderpreet Uppal, and myself, Belinda Witzenhausen. To learn more about #WATWB or to join us click here!
Working in social services and having had dementia touch my family, I am aware of the path this dreaded disease takes. Watching a loved one waste away, lose all joy and become apathetic disengaging from life can be incredibly heartbreaking. Thanks to a Dutch invention, the “magic table” or Tovertafel currently in over 500 nursing homes in the UK is helping dementia patients engage again with their minds and bodies. Hoping that these become a staple in many long term care facilities and like most technology perhaps eventually a smaller and more affordable option will be available for caregivers everywhere.
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Poem by Stacey Cirillo via Alzheimers.net