Dementia Research Education Advocacy in Motion (D.R.E.A.M.) is a national non profit /charitable movement run by people with Dementia for people with Dementia.
We hold group meetings, which are held twice monthly. They include our Memory Lane Cafe, Member Meetings and our Walking Group. They are facilitated by members of DREAM and are supported by relevant health professionals for people with dementia who share their experiences, support each other and discuss their views in improving the services for people, with dementia. Meetings also have a social and activity based focus in the local community. Our desire is that our some members will find support from within the group and feel inspired to make their contribution to local and national strategy through mechanisms such as presentations at national and local conferences.
The experience, from similar groups internationally, has been that the motivation for newer members tends to be finding out more about their illness and diagnosis, sharing experience, emotional support and a little curiosity around what D.R.E.A.M. is about. More experienced members tend to become models for newer members, ensuring succession. Research has proven that involvement in dementia groups like DREAM has had a dramatic effect on them as they rebuild their self-confidence, take on new roles, develop new skills and benefit from a sense of belonging in D.R.E.A.M.
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