While I put this idea in the category of managing challenging behaviours, it actually addresses all five challenge categories (i.e. embracing the role, planning ahead, strengthening bonds, staying connected, and managing behaviours).
This series informs, educates, and entertains, from multiple different angles and perspectives, including those of people who live with dementia, to multiple different audiences of all ages. It taps into the power of storytelling, has virtually unlimited possibilities for storylines, reaches a worldwide audience, and provides the opportunity to evolve as new innovations come on stream. It is poignant, dramatic, humorous, touching, and real. A cross between a docudrama and an endearing sitcom it speaks to people's hearts, and inspires them to find hope and healing, while they also live through the full range of negative emotions and challenges which are often associated with being care partners to others who lives with dementia. The characters are as diverse as the life experiences they portray.
Dozens of ideas that have been suggested as part of this challenge may be woven into the fabric of ongoing episodes thus exposing caregivers to a world of potential “solutions” to the individual and collective problems we face as we care for an increasing number of people living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. It reaches out to caregivers and shows them they are not alone, and provides a dynamic platform that features care strategies and resources in a way that is easy to digest.
It also provides friends, families and communities members a realistic look into what living with dementia and caring for someone with dementia is like, and so will help to eliminate the stigma surrounding the disease and mobilize support for much-needed system-wide improvements in dementia care.