Dr. Cameron Camp, director of research and development at the Center for Applied Research in Dementia, believes that people living with Alzheimer’s disease still have much to contribute to their families, friends and community members. The goal of his work is to apply or translate findings from other areas of psychology to his work with Alzheimer’s patients.
“How can we connect with the person who is still here?” is the first question Camp asks. “Our focus is working with the strengths that remain: finding the person behind the memory problems, engaging the individual and letting everyone involved have a feeling of success and accomplishment.”
“We want to flip the system on its ear — to change people’s expectations about what people with dementia are capable of,” says Camp. “Our job is to allow this person to be present — to help them, wherever they are in the journey of dementia, to be connected with a community and contribute to the best of their ability.”