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Neue Publikation: Staying in Life: Paving the Way to Dementia-Friendly Communities

Wir werden immer älter und immer mehr Menschen altern mit Demenz. Diese Menschen werden häufig nur noch versorgt. Das Buch „Im Leben bleiben – Unterwegs zu Demenzfreundlichen Kommunen“ zeigt wie man Orte schaffen kann, an denen diese Menschen im Leben bleiben können – statt nur am Leben. Die Autoren Verena Rothe, Gabriele Kreutzner und Reimer Gronemeyer von der Aktion Demenz haben dafür die Erfahrungen von 78 lokalen Projekten aus ganz Deutschland gebündelt. Um den internationalen Austausch vertiefen zu können und die fortwährende Aktualität der Erfahrungen zu unterstreichen ist das Buch nun auch auf Englisch im transcript Verlag erschienen: Staying in Life: Paving the Way to Dementia-Friendly Communities.
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Berlin/Gießen, March 2017
We are constantly growing older, and there are an increasing number of elderly people living with dementia who are merely being 'taken care of'. Now, a new book shows what we can do to create spaces where one can stay in life - rather than just staying alive. Show cases and anecdotes of 78 local projects throughout Germany have been combined in this book by the authors Ms. Verena Rothe, Ms. Gabriele Kreutzer and Mr. Reimer Gronemeyer of the German dementia initiative Aktion Demenz. The English language book is out now, published by transcript Verlag.

How can we turn the individual environments of people with and without dementia into 'places of human warmth'? This was the key question for the organizers of 78 local initiatives, supported by three editions of the Aktion Demenz e.V. funding programme ‘People in the Community Living with Dementia’, financed by the Robert Bosch Foundation. The newly published book “Staying in Life: Paving the Way to Dementia-Friendly Communities” brings together all their experiences. In this book, the three authors, intimately familiar with the topic, explore initial movements, obstacles, and first approaches.

New perspectives aside from medicine and care
Verena Rothe, manager of the programme, underlines: “We would like to express our gratitude to all those committed individuals from politics, art, churches, social and volunteer work that have been and are creatively working towards dementia-friendly communities. It is only through them that we were able to collect and combine all these different approaches to dementia.”

First Chairman of Aktion Demenz, Reimer Gronemeyer, explains: “Dementia is a challenge for society, but at the same time a chance. We ask many questions, but we also show ways how to deal with that.” Deputy Chairwoman Gabriele Kreutzner adds: “Regarding dementia, we need more books and people who shed a different light on that topic – aside from the medical and care perspective. Our book shows how civil society supports people with dementia.”

Find more information at www.transcript-verlag.de/978-3-8376-3890-5/staying-in-life?c=1041

Our authors are available for interviews regarding the book or the general topic.

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