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  • Well, this is Jens.

  • Yes, he was a wholehearted biology teacher but also a gardener, and he really loved to see Children blossom and grow.

  • But in the age of 58 he had dementia.

  • He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's through 18 years.

  • His body and his brain deteriorated.

  • He started to change.

  • His life changed, all changed and was in the family.

  • They had difficulties as well, because they started to see how they lost their dad.

  • Now millions are families all around the globe.

  • They share same losses.

  • Same concerns as Jens, I imagine.

  • But here in Denmark, we are approximately.

  • Right now.

  • We are 89,000 persons living with dementia and around 400 family members, uh, also living beside a person with a dementia.

  • But does this numbers?

  • They will grow dramatically worldwide.

  • We can see that millions of families worldwide, they will need guidance in how to be together with persons with dementia.

  • If we want this to be come a good journey.

  • But here's a crucial information.

  • Many family members.

  • They rarely attend many dementia courses.

  • They often end up using the learning by doing method.

  • I think we all know that some will succeed and help their lives, one to blossom.

  • But, man, you won't.

  • And of course they won't.

  • Because if you don't know what you take part in, how could you then actually makeup person blossom?

  • But worst case is that family members as well start accelerating Morrell being and also more progression of the deceased.

  • And that's quite a paradox when you really want to help your loved ones.

  • I met a family.

  • I'm it's Jens is family.

  • At a dementia presentation I gave back in 2000 and 11.

  • He was 10 years into his deceased at that time, and I saw the whole family sitting there in the room.

  • And after that evening, where I spoke about metaphorical work was in, uh, dementia, That son Thomas, he came and asked me, Please, we because could you be our support?

  • Could you bake out, become our guide in our family?

  • And it turned into eight years joint venture and a very, very strong friendship.

  • You could say I became the dementia supervisor or the metaphorical dementia supervisor, and against he became our teacher.

  • He was a teacher.

  • Now he became again, but he also became a hero of mine.

  • But let me present to you a little bit of the myth for iCal framework that I have used many years to create and together with Against and his family has spent and developed.

  • Now, here you see two brain scans.

  • When families come to the hospital and there loved one are having in the diagnosis, they will often be presented to a picture like this.

  • But many of us were not able to read these and family, not either.

  • So what I did was I started Thio to figure out Could I translate these pictures into some well known pictures?

  • So let's see what happens when we translate them into two different, very well known images for all of us.

  • Here you have the earth and you have the moon.

  • The earth is a metaphor for the healthy brain, and the moon off course is a metaphor for a brain with severe Alzheimer's or one kind of dementia.

  • If we then at some new metaphor, because those years in between the two brains, if so, if we at yes, we could call that a journey.

  • Now we have a new sentence, and we could talk about dementia as a journey from the earth to the room.

  • Dementia is a journey from the earth to the moon.

  • It's a continued pied part of a life journey, but it's now on very difficult travel conditions.

  • It's a journey from a very well known life to a very on familiar life, a radical different life.

  • If within at another sentence, it could be the word of the I.

  • P.

  • Very important person we will now have.

  • Dementia is a journey from the earth to the moon for very important persons.

  • If we become very important persons, persons with dementia becoming very important persons, we would see that they have needs and demands.

  • And when you are V I p, these demands should become the main priority for the crew.

  • I presented my metaphorical fantasy world for Thomas.

  • The son of Jens is one of the son of Jens is Mm.

  • And I recall one day that I was going to tell him about Dimension and you way in this metaphorical way.

  • And I said something like this.

  • Well, you follow.

  • He's got a one way ticket.

  • He's got a one way ticket to the moon.

  • Thomas.

  • The day he was diagnosed that day he became a moon traveler.

  • He became an explorer and he became an astronaut.

  • That day he was diagnosed, and he was sent on a dangerous mission to lead and train us, a family and all the traveler fellows to explore new dimensions off space in a space he will now start to sent important information to all of us to all of us.

  • A family back to planet Earth.

  • And he'll tell about the journey, had tried to communicate.

  • He'll try to teach you how to communicate and stay in contact all the way to the moon if you're connected, Thomas.

  • But let me give up another part of a conversation I had with Thomas.

  • We were in the kitchen a day, and I was going to tell him about what's actually going on the brain, and it's difficult to understand for almost all of us.

  • So I said to him, The further away your dad gets from the well known earth, the more of his brain and in a navigation equipment will be deleted.

  • Words and phrases.

  • Behavior will start to change, but you have Ah, and ah, the words and phrases will mutate, But he will start to become inventing your father.

  • He will start to find new words.

  • He'll replace the words with new words.

  • Uba killed start to have a personal coded language.

  • You could call that a moon language.

  • And when you have the moon language, it could sounds like this doesn't mean anything.

  • But then you have to listen to the psychological depths.

  • You have to learn to translate the moon language and you have to train to adopt this language if you want to stay connected.

  • That day's both Thomas and I.

  • We suddenly found out that his father, he had a very fine sentence.

  • It it it was like Lolla.

  • Everyone knows Salalah.

  • But for Jens it meant sometimes it could see it sound like this.

  • Lello.

  • And it meant I'm happy and fulfilled.

  • Other days he would say I e and it meant I am scared.

  • I'm really afraid.

  • Please help me during years Thomas and I and that's eight years we're talking about doing the years Thomas and I.

  • We started to invent you where it's on Thomas, his master in words.

  • So he opened up a whole new area, and together we were just elaborating What could that be if we go into the story?

  • So we started to a one way ticket to the moon and a return ticket to the Moon and the Stewardess and the Hero and the Crew and a travel documents and so forth you.

  • We know we're well traveled many times over years Thomas and I and his family and the crew who became a part of the journey with Jens.

  • We traveled into Hiss reality.

  • We learned to travel in his time space time.

  • We learned to go into new dimensions of reality, where everything was upside down on we connected to him through the moon language and through playing a playfulness on that maker.

  • Cute, different When it comes to see another person blossom, another crucial information is about our language.

  • Now, when families come to meet doctors and health care system, there will be presented for a, ah, a certain language.

  • And it's a language that families often at the end adopting.

  • It's the terminology and the narratives that is used for professionals and health care system.

  • But it's not based for families to live life upon, so the person diagnosed can easily end up becoming a patient in the family.

  • When we take the same language and bring it into the family because we have, it's like, kind like glasses you bring on.

  • Then it's difficult to see a brave family member who's really struggling to continue to live a good life.

  • So do families come to treat their loved ones as a patient?

  • I demand it a person with dementia or a moon traveler or a brave astronaut on a mission.

  • The good news is that if we help families a new ways, we can actually help them to make the loved one blossoms.

  • But we need to bring in new communication methods.

  • If we bring old communications methods into play in the field, we can create new learning methods.

  • We can create dementia, life language for thousands of years, mankind of spoken words.

  • We've used stories we'd put poems, were made theaters and we've used songs and that has been used to pass on in for important information.

  • Crucial information values ideas to both family and society, and I've used all these powerful tools, all of them for 15 years.

  • In the field of dementia and Denmark, many many 1000 persons have gained from that work.

  • If we use these words, we can actually actuate a kind of gateway for the families, but also for the care give us and me as well, a k a gateway that opens for supportive stories and imagination.

  • A new language.

  • Wouldn't it be more uplifting for all of us if our loved one were described as a brave moon traveler?

  • Maybe even a strong astronaut sent on a dangerous mission rather than a patient or a demented, slowly disappearing?

  • If we could really understand the depths under ranks of these potential at a global level, we could move mountains.

  • We could have families all over the world because we talk in pictures and stories, all of us, and we've seen the moon and the world and the Earth.

  • So we have a key here and the key we can use to activate all our power tools, family power tools, power tools as imagination, intuition, creativity, playfulness, empathy and compassion.

  • And look, families more intuitively start to understand both the dementia deceased.

  • They start to understand dementia experience, and they know now what's better was just because I know in your story that changes everything, they become visionary the families.

  • They become brave and inventive, just like in Genesis family.

  • And this is the whole point.

  • So now I have to ask us, Do we dare?

  • Do we dare to bring on a new language into the dementia field?

  • A next level off public learning through metaphors?

  • Yes, she passed away five months ago on the family.

  • They made his first funeral attributes a tribute to a very brave dementia teacher but also a moon traveler and a brave astronauts who taught all of them and all of us about new dimensions off the journey to the moon.

  • He was honored and celebrated as a true hero on 14 years into his disease, when he had almost lost all this language and his ability to walk and he was fighting for his life.

  • Then he suddenly set out in the blue.

  • Believe in me, I believe in me.

  • I believe in you.

  • So now it's time for us, all of us, we all family members.

  • We could all have dementia or live beside a person.

  • It's up to us of planet Earth to be brave.

  • So let's miss make metaphors become our game changer.

  • Let's shoot for the moon.

Well, this is Jens.

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