How to Participate in a TWIMC Live! Program
Individuals With Dementia
Individuals with early stage dementia struggle daily with understanding and coping with their diagnosis. Confusion, shame and isolation are just a few of the emotions that can become overwhelming. Additionally, people with dementia often feel marginalized and unheard.
To Whom I May Concern will help you find your voice. Our facilitated workshops and performances are designed to encourage you to open up about any and all topics:
- How you feel about yourself and your loved ones
- How you would like to treated
- Your experiences with your diagnosis and disease
- Your fears
- Your hopes
The performance creates an opportunity for you to talk about yourself and your relationships with loved ones and caregivers in a safe and effective way.
Who is Eligible to Participate?
Eligible individuals must have a recent diagnosis of a progressive brain illness such as Alzheimer’s disease. He or she must be:
- Aware of their diagnosis
- Able to share their experience with others
- Willing to educate the public about dementia
Please join us. Call TWIMC and we will help you get connected with a group, or help you get your existing support group started on creating a TWIMC Live performance. If transportation to a support group is an issue, or no group exists in your community, consider being part of a TWIMC Online program. You can participate in an online program from the comfort of your own home, and meet others with dementia from around the country, perhaps even from around the world! Click here for more information about TWIMC Online programs.
Caregivers & Families
A diagnosis of a progressive brain disease such as Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, affects that individual’s entire social network, including caregivers and families. It is difficult to know what to expect, how to act with your loved one, how care for them, what they are feeling. To Whom I May Concern helps your loved one give voice to their thoughts and concerns. It also gives them an opportunity to speak to you about what they need and how they wish to be treated, in a forum that makes it safe and acceptable to have that conversation. With the help of a facilitator, they can find the words that help them and you communicate. Find a To Whom I May Concern group for your loved one. You will be proud, you will be moved, and you will learn.
If your organization sponsors or conducts early stage support groups for people with dementia, consider adding the To Whom I May Concern program to your activities. TWIMC is a wonderful way to help these men and women regain their dignity and self- respect and communicate their thoughts and needs. The program is also helpful for caregivers and professionals interested in understanding the concerns of this special group of people. A TWIMC facilitator will join your group for sessions. The facilitator will work with your clients to use their own words to create scripts expressing their feelings. These scripts will be edited within the group and then used in a performance to an audience made up of family members, peers, friends, care partners, and professionals.
If you are a facilitator of an early dementia support group, consider adding the To Whom I May Concern program to your activities. TWIMC is designed to give voice to people who have recently been diagnosed with a progressive brain illness such as Alzheimer’s disease. You will work with a TWIMC facilitator, who will join your group for sessions. The facilitator will work with your clients to use their own words to create scripts expressing their feelings. These scripts will be edited within the group and then used in a performance to an audience made up of family members, peers, friends, care partners, and professionals. For more information about facilitator training, click here.