This is an essay from Charles Leadbeater on Aeon.co: https://aeon.co/essays/if-your-memory-fails-are-you-still-the-same-person
"Instead of squeezing people with dementia into complicated systems designed for people who can remember who the President is, we should find kinder, less judgmental ways to be with them. We, the lucky people who are yet to fail the memory test, will benefit too, by learning to make ourselves available to the physical, expressive and relational aspects of our own identities. Put simply, we should avoid the temptation of becoming memory snobs, as any of us could find ourselves downwardly mobile so far as memory goes."
This is an image from the Site of Reversible Destiny, Japan. The concept of this site is based on a theory of “Procedural Architecture”, as developed by Arakawa and Gins. Procedural Architecture can be clarified by the notion of procedural knowing; walking, talking, and eating are examples of procedural knowing.
Procedural Architecture brings into question an occupant’s procedures and steers him or her to examine the actions, or subroutines, he or she takes, thereby causing her to doubt herself long enough to find a way to reinvent herself.
It’s this reinvention that is interesting. Alzheimer patients lose their “procedural knowing”. If we can create an environment where this lack of procedural knowing is the norm, then this creates a situation for the carer and the patients to be together, on even ground.