Our Mission: I’m Still Here (ISH) helps people living with dementia to flourish through engagement in life, family and community. ISH supports programs that engage persons living with dementia and their care partners in arts, culture and community. ISH seeks to spread the message of hope and possibility, especially to underserved individuals and communities.
Contact: ED@imstillhere.org    PHONE: 781-816-5151     EMAIL: info@imstillhere.org I’m Still Here     7 Wainwright Road #35    Winchester, MA 01890
                                   A life fulfilling approach to living with dementia
The I’m Still Here principles are the core. We are committed to promoting the principles and to helping others learn what they mean and how they can be implemented in dementia care programs. Starting in 2022, I’m Still Here will organize an annual  virtual seminar about the I’m Still Here principles featuring leading experts, ISH innovators, and persons living with dementia. The I’m Still Here principles are grounded by love, joy, purpose and meaning. The principles underscore the humanity of every person including those with dementia. They are designed to ensure DIGNITY….. give HOPE ….. and MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I’m Still Here Principles 1. STILL HERE: Engage the full person – their attention, enjoyment, and creativity – not just a part; they are still here. 2. AUTHENTIC ENGAGEMENT: Offer present moment activities that authentically engage immediate attention with no need for recall or planning. 3. PURPOSEFUL: Generate opportunities for purpose and meaning through activities that each person cares about, including inviting them to help and support others. 4. SELF EXPRESSION: Use all the senses in creative arts to enable persons living with dementia to learn to express themselves. 5. COMPETENCE: Encourage each individual to use their own knowledge and abilities, as well as to master new skills. 6. CHOICE: Respect each person’s choices; involve them in decisions that affect them. 7. SHARING ENGAGEMENT: Integrate care partners into activities so as to support care partners and reinforce existing relationships. 8. COMMUNITY: Access and use venues and resources in the community when possible, so as to embed engagement programs in the community. 9. REACH OUT: Engage persons with dementia living at home as well as in other settings. 10. SPREAD THE WORD: Keep family and community partners informed about innovative programs that authentically engage persons living with dementia

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Our Mission: I’m Still Here (ISH) helps people living with dementia to flourish through engagement in life, family and community. ISH supports programs that engage persons living with dementia and their care partners in arts, culture and community. ISH seeks to spread the message of hope and possibility, especially to underserved individuals and communities.
Contact: Mary Anne Grant     PHONE: 781-816-5151     EMAIL: info@imstillhere.org I’m Still Here     7 Wainwright Road #35    Winchester, MA 01890
                                   A life fulfilling approach to living with dementia
The I’m Still Here principles are the core. We are committed to promoting the principles and to helping others learn what they mean and how they can be implemented in dementia care programs. Starting in 2022, I’m Still Here will organize an annual  virtual seminar about the I’m Still Here principles featuring leading experts, ISH innovators, and persons living with dementia. The I’m Still Here principles are grounded by love, joy, purpose and meaning. The principles underscore the humanity of every person including those with dementia. They are designed to ensure DIGNITY….. give HOPE ….. and MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Dignity • Positivity: Encourage the person to use their skills and abilities to succeed and to master new skills. • Respectful: Respect each person’s choices, wishes and capacities. • Meaningful: Create meaning in the life of each person by helping them give to and share with others. • Relational: Reinforce relationship with care partners. Engagement • Acceptance: Engage the full person – they are still there. • Creative: Use the arts and all the senses to engage persons living with dementia. • Inclusive: Include and involve all care partners in programs and activities. • Open-minded: Employ all methods to reduce medications. Community • Comprehensive: Reach persons with dementia living at home and in other settings. • Involved: Include all persons living with dementia in their communities. • Inventive: Take advantage of existing community resources. Education • Encouragement: Help everyone living with dementia to learn and grow. • Enlighten: Inform individual & community partners in positive new ways to engage persons living with dementia.

 

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