37 min

Exploring the Transformative Power of Stillness in Dementia Care Redefining Dementia

    • Education

Imagine if through the practice of stillness, we could unlock a deeper sense of calm and peace, not just for ourselves, but also for people living with dementia. Professor Dr. Gary Irwin-Kenyon, our special guest for today, shares his incredible journey finding tranquility through martial arts and Tai Chi, and how these methods can bring profound benefits to those with dementia and their care partners. We take a deep dive into the fascinating world of stillness and its immense potential in dementia care.

Discover the importance of being fully present in each moment, a practice that is often overlooked in our fast-paced, do-it-all lifestyle. It's about striking a balance between doing and being, something Gary poignantly points out can be instrumental in turbulent times. We also discuss the refreshing concept of giving ourselves the green light to take a much-needed break, a vital component of self-care, especially for caregivers.

We delve into narrative care, a mindful approach of using stories to communicate with people living with dementia.  We part with a thought-provoking discourse by Gary on how stillness can be a haven from our chaotic world. Join us on this episode of Redefining Dementia as we explore the enchanting essence of stillness and its transformative power.

About our Guest
For the website and full biography of Dr. Gary Irwin-Kenyon, please click HERE.
Gary's Instagram can be found HERE.




About our Hosts:

Daphne Noonan
Daphne has twenty years of experience working in a variety of roles in long-term care in Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Alongside Person Centred Universe, she is currently the Executive Director of Nashwaak Villa Nursing Home in New Brunswick, which she has taken through a transformation to become an award-winning Planetree Gold Certified organization following the principles of person-centred care.
At Person Centred Universe she provides transformational leadership coaching and other consulting services, develops new programs, and is a sought-after speaker in industry events.
Daphne holds a BA in Gerontology, M.Ed in Adult Education, a diploma in Health Sciences specializing in Therapeutic Recreation, and is certified for Dementia Care Mapping from the trailblazing Bradford University in the UK.
She has previously been a board member of the provincial chapter and national federation of the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.
Ashley King
Ashley first became interested in the field of aging when she was providing care to her grandmother at home.
She has fifteen years of experience in community and long-term care. Alongside Person Centred Un...

Imagine if through the practice of stillness, we could unlock a deeper sense of calm and peace, not just for ourselves, but also for people living with dementia. Professor Dr. Gary Irwin-Kenyon, our special guest for today, shares his incredible journey finding tranquility through martial arts and Tai Chi, and how these methods can bring profound benefits to those with dementia and their care partners. We take a deep dive into the fascinating world of stillness and its immense potential in dementia care.

Discover the importance of being fully present in each moment, a practice that is often overlooked in our fast-paced, do-it-all lifestyle. It's about striking a balance between doing and being, something Gary poignantly points out can be instrumental in turbulent times. We also discuss the refreshing concept of giving ourselves the green light to take a much-needed break, a vital component of self-care, especially for caregivers.

We delve into narrative care, a mindful approach of using stories to communicate with people living with dementia.  We part with a thought-provoking discourse by Gary on how stillness can be a haven from our chaotic world. Join us on this episode of Redefining Dementia as we explore the enchanting essence of stillness and its transformative power.

About our Guest
For the website and full biography of Dr. Gary Irwin-Kenyon, please click HERE.
Gary's Instagram can be found HERE.




About our Hosts:

Daphne Noonan
Daphne has twenty years of experience working in a variety of roles in long-term care in Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Alongside Person Centred Universe, she is currently the Executive Director of Nashwaak Villa Nursing Home in New Brunswick, which she has taken through a transformation to become an award-winning Planetree Gold Certified organization following the principles of person-centred care.
At Person Centred Universe she provides transformational leadership coaching and other consulting services, develops new programs, and is a sought-after speaker in industry events.
Daphne holds a BA in Gerontology, M.Ed in Adult Education, a diploma in Health Sciences specializing in Therapeutic Recreation, and is certified for Dementia Care Mapping from the trailblazing Bradford University in the UK.
She has previously been a board member of the provincial chapter and national federation of the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.
Ashley King
Ashley first became interested in the field of aging when she was providing care to her grandmother at home.
She has fifteen years of experience in community and long-term care. Alongside Person Centred Un...

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