It is humbling and awe-inspiring to hang out with a bunch of people with dementia, and those who care about them. There's a "quiet room" here at the conference for people who need the space away from the hustle and bustle. I need it, and I don't even have dementia. I'm glad they welcome me.
Interesting conversations. People being real. Laughter. Questions. Sharing of ideas about support, welcoming, belonging.
Sky gets a "care package" given to those attending the conference who have dementia. A big selection of junk food. Some ear plugs to cut down on noise ("Eargasm Ear Plugs"). And the best -- a double-sided sign that says "Please Speak Slower" on one side, and "It's Too Noisy" on the other -- meant to hold up during keynote speeches and workshops... and maybe just regular life. I'll bet there are a lot of people who would appreciate such a sign.
Just a lot of caring people having hors d'oeuvres and drinking wine.
Can't wait for tomorrow.