An admission Tommy's post it from Andy’s (@Dementia Boy) #DementiaDo post it work A message of love Some advice I think this is a great message for everyone- my Grandma with Dementia but also myself and others. I think we can be hard on ourselves, get frustrated and not sit back and think of how well we are coping. I think this process has brought me closer to what my Grandma may be feeling, her experience and identity. My understanding of dementia has grown also. Thank you to everyone involved! I have enjoyed participating in these activities and seeing what everyone else has produced. marvellous, inspirational #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Saturday 27th May - Living Well Hooray! You’ve made it through to the final day. Well done! Don’t worry if you didn’t do all of the challenges, or even any of them. Sometimes just reading something or having a go at something different is enough. As a celebration of your final day we’ve teamed up with @DementiaBoy, Andy Tysoe to set you a challenge. This is based on his fantastic #DementiaDO post-it notes which you can see images of here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qE36gXXTAXw&feature=youtu.be Do Either sum up what living well with dementia means to you, or write a message of advice, love or support to someone living with dementia. Write it on a yellow post-it note, or if you don’t have one, just a bit of paper will do. OR if you want to you can sing, dance, draw, paint, write or mime your thoughts! It’s up to you. What have you learned about yourself that you’d like to share? Imagine your post will be seen by someone who has just had a diagnosis. What message would you like to share with them? Think Reflect on what doing the challenges has been like. How easy did you find it to make time for them? Did it encourage you to think differently? Would you try any of them again? How could you reach out to others to share your message. Share Share your task with us and with others by sharing on here, or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe onTwitter & Facebook too. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Saturday 27th May - Living Well Hooray! You’ve made it through to the final day. Well done! Don’t worry if you didn’t do all of the challenges, or even any of them. Sometimes just reading something or having a go at something different is enough. As a celebration of your final day we’ve teamed up with @DementiaBoy, Andy Tysoe to set you a challenge. This is based on his fantastic #DementiaDO post-it notes which you can see images of here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qE36gXXTAXw&feature=youtu.be Do Either sum up what living well with dementia means to you, or write a message of advice, love or support to someone living with dementia. Write it on a yellow post-it note, or if you don’t have one, just a bit of paper will do. OR if you want to you can sing, dance, draw, paint, write or mime your thoughts! It’s up to you. What have you learned about yourself that you’d like to share? Imagine your post will be seen by someone who has just had a diagnosis. What message would you like to share with them? Think Reflect on what doing the challenges has been like. How easy did you find it to make time for them? Did it encourage you to think differently? Would you try any of them again? How could you reach out to others to share your message. Share Share your task with us and with others by sharing on here, or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe onTwitter & Facebook too. Day 12 - Just For You I didn't get home until late evning yesterday, but I have started my Bank Holiday weekend early today. Sitting out in the garden reading and enjoying the sunshine has been lovely. Day 12 - Just For You I didn't get home until late evning yesterday, but I have started my Bank Holiday weekend early today. Sitting out in the garden reading and enjoying the sunshine has been lovely. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Friday 26th May - Thank You Whether you are living with dementia, or live or work with someone who does, or you’ve just picked up these challenges for fun, we all have people that play a really important part in our lives and everyday wellbeing. Today we’re going to think about saying thank you. Do Make a thank you card for someone special. Someone who means a lot to you, or who has contributed to your life. This might even be someone no longer with us. You don’t have to send the card. But you could! In this video, https://youtu.be/x_xmVdV6GNk, Juanita is making a card and you could follow her instructions - or you could just have a go at doing it yourself in your own style, whatever is easiest for you. Think about what the person would like and draw or design a card especially for them. And then write them a message thanking them for what they do for you. Think How did it feel to make and write the card? If you sent it, how was it received? Did it feel easy to share thanks? Share You don’t have to share the personal message, but maybe share the front of the card, or just how you enjoyed the process on our website dothinkshare.com or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe on Twitter & Facebook too. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Friday 26th May - Thank You Whether you are living with dementia, or live or work with someone who does, or you’ve just picked up these challenges for fun, we all have people that play a really important part in our lives and everyday wellbeing. Today we’re going to think about saying thank you. Do Make a thank you card for someone special. Someone who means a lot to you, or who has contributed to your life. This might even be someone no longer with us. You don’t have to send the card. But you could! In this video, https://youtu.be/x_xmVdV6GNk, Juanita is making a card and you could follow her instructions - or you could just have a go at doing it yourself in your own style, whatever is easiest for you. Think about what the person would like and draw or design a card especially for them. And then write them a message thanking them for what they do for you. Think How did it feel to make and write the card? If you sent it, how was it received? Did it feel easy to share thanks? Share You don’t have to share the personal message, but maybe share the front of the card, or just how you enjoyed the process on our website dothinkshare.com or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe on Twitter & Facebook too. How great would it be to have a baby goat!? It would be therapeutic to watch it bounce and skip around, be curious and full of life. I've really struggled to do the challenges the last couple of days. We've had some really full on work days and I just haven't prioritised it and that makes me sad. Today I am taking 15 mins more in bed and some time for me, and later on I am going to catch up with what I've missed! #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Thursday 25th May - Just for You Today’s challenge is all about recognising how important it is to have time for yourself. Do Spend at least 10 or 15 minutes doing something just for you. Take a long soak in the tub, put on your favourite music and dance around the room, close your eyes or look out of the window. Do your favourite thing. And enjoy it. Think What was that like? Is that something you’re normally good at or do you find it hard to make time for you or prioritise doing the things that you love? Share You don’t have to share if you don’t want to - but maybe tell us what you got up to - or send us a picture of your smiling face afterwards! Share this on our website dothinkshare.com or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe on Twitter & Facebook too. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Thursday 25th May - Just for You Today’s challenge is all about recognising how important it is to have time for yourself. Do Spend at least 10 or 15 minutes doing something just for you. Take a long soak in the tub, put on your favourite music and dance around the room, close your eyes or look out of the window. Do your favourite thing. And enjoy it. Think What was that like? Is that something you’re normally good at or do you find it hard to make time for you or prioritise doing the things that you love? Share You don’t have to share if you don’t want to - but maybe tell us what you got up to - or send us a picture of your smiling face afterwards! Share this on our website dothinkshare.com or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe on Twitter & Facebook too. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Wednesday 24th May - Faithful Friends Do Describe or draw a real or imaginary pet that helps you through life. Maybe it’s a cat that cuddles you, a dog that brings you the paper, or just your fish that you watch through its glass to calm you down. Or maybe it's a completely extraordinary animal, a rhino that gives you lifts to the bank, or a cheetah that picks up your shopping? Let your imagination run wild and see what you come up with. Think Did you enjoy this exercise? Is it something you could identify with? Are you suddenly off to get a cheetah? Share Share your drawings or ideas on our website dothinkshare.com or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe on Twitter & Facebook too. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Wednesday 24th May - Faithful Friends Do Describe or draw a real or imaginary pet that helps you through life. Maybe it’s a cat that cuddles you, a dog that brings you the paper, or just your fish that you watch through its glass to calm you down. Or maybe it's a completely extraordinary animal, a rhino that gives you lifts to the bank, or a cheetah that picks up your shopping? Let your imagination run wild and see what you come up with. Think Did you enjoy this exercise? Is it something you could identify with? Are you suddenly off to get a cheetah? Share Share your drawings or ideas on our website dothinkshare.com or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe on Twitter & Facebook too. I absolutely love navy blue, so today I've put on a pair of lovely navy, wide leg, linen trousers. I feel all floaty wearing them, and a little bit French! Recently I've been trying to reduce down all my belongings so I only own the things I love and use most. Did you know most of us wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time? Something I've noticed when working with older generations is an appreciation of style and someone who is well turned out. I dont get it right every day, but i do always think about that before a project. My favourite dress! I occasionally feel like Grayson Perry in it which inspires me to invent my own alto ego but usually just love the colours, patterns and vividness. I feel this is the most intense version of style! #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Tuesday 23rd May Our clothes say a lot about us. Whether it’s a signature item or something someone bought for us or the general style of clothes we wear. Or if we don’t even like clothes and we just wear them for comfort. We have a challenge in A Book of Me that is all about identifying your favourite things so that if someone needs to offer you support getting dressed at any time, they will know. Do Pick your favourite item of clothing. Put it on, see how it feels. Think about why you like it, what it says about you, or what its story is? Or is it just that it feels lovely?! Take a picture and tell us about why you love it. And while you’re at it - try doing a twirl! Pose in a mirror, enjoy being silly and dressing up. Think What did this challenge feel like? Did it feel silly? What did you feel about someone else picking out your clothes some day? How might you record what you like? Share Share your pictures, or just your thoughts on here or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe on Twitter & Facebook too. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Tuesday 23rd May Our clothes say a lot about us. Whether it’s a signature item or something someone bought for us or the general style of clothes we wear. Or if we don’t even like clothes and we just wear them for comfort. We have a challenge in A Book of Me that is all about identifying your favourite things so that if someone needs to offer you support getting dressed at any time, they will know. Do Pick your favourite item of clothing. Put it on, see how it feels. Think about why you like it, what it says about you, or what its story is? Or is it just that it feels lovely?! Take a picture and tell us about why you love it. And while you’re at it - try doing a twirl! Pose in a mirror, enjoy being silly and dressing up. Think What did this challenge feel like? Did it feel silly? What did you feel about someone else picking out your clothes some day? How might you record what you like? Share Share your pictures, or just your thoughts on here or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe on Twitter & Facebook too. We did this challenge as a group. We timed the challenge by giving each person 30 seconds to draw and then we passed the paper to the person to our left etc etc. Each picture is therefore a collaborative effort. We did this challenge as a group. We timed the challenge by giving each person 30 seconds to draw and then we passed the paper to the person to our left etc etc. Each picture is therefore a collaborative effort. We did this challenge as a group. We timed the challenge by giving each person 30 seconds to draw and then we passed the paper to the person to our left etc etc. Each picture is therefore a collaborative effort. We did this challenge as a group. We timed the challenge by giving each person 30 seconds to draw and then we passed the paper to the person to our left etc etc. Each picture is therefore a collaborative effort. We did this challenge as a group. We timed the challenge by giving each person 30 seconds to draw and then we passed the paper to the person to our left etc etc. Each picture is therefore a collaborative effort. We did this challenge as a group. We timed the challenge by giving each person 30 seconds to draw and then we passed the paper to the person to our left etc etc. Each picture is therefore a collaborative effort. We did this challenge as a group. We timed the challenge by giving each person 30 seconds to draw and then we passed the paper to the person to our left etc etc. Each picture is therefore a collaborative effort. We did this challenge as a group. We timed the challenge by giving each person 30 seconds to draw and then we passed the paper to the person to our left etc etc. Each picture is therefore a collaborative effort. We did this challenge as a group. We timed the challenge by giving each person 30 seconds to draw and then we passed the paper to the person to our left etc etc. Each picture is therefore a collaborative effort. We did this challenge as a group. We timed the challenge by giving each person 30 seconds to draw and then we passed the paper to the person to our left etc etc. Each picture is therefore a collaborative effort. I felt overwhelmed, but I like this bird a kolibri, because it is very tiny, and it has beautifull rainbow colours. It has the freedom of flying from one beautiful flower, to another to feed on the nectar. It is also busy all day doing this. in doing this but also germinating different species and creating new ones. How nature evolves in nature. I drew a Robin my favourite bird I automatically thought of an owl. I like to observe things and see the world pass around me sometimes. I automatically thought of an owl. I like to observe things and see the world pass around me sometimes. I felt excited, I felt like I was an owl doing this challenge. I prefer night time, 11pm, that's when I come out! I like the colours! It's good to see the movement I chose to be an eagle because I love the idea of infinite freedom. In life I make it my mission to always follow my dreams and be free in everything I do. And that's why I chose an eagle because I feel like they're the most free birds in the world. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Monday 22nd May - Dessert Island Today is all about being silly. Sometimes as adults we forget to just let go and have a play. So we recommend, if you can, collaborating with children on this challenge. Maybe you have a grandchild or friend that might help you, either in person or someone you could email, call or text? If not, don’t worry - just come up with the craziest ideas you can. Do Create a desert island made from food. Spaghetti mountains, chocolate rivers, marshmallow clouds, vegetable houses, whatever you like. Take a piece of paper and use whatever you have, actual food, pens and paints, ripped up pictures from newspapers, magazines or junk mail - whatever you have available to create your own desert island made of food (maybe even a dessert island – get it?! Think Does your island have a name? If someone wanted to visit, how would they get there? What was it like to be silly and playful? Share Show us your island by sharing on our website dothinkshare.com or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe on Twitter & Facebook too. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Monday 22nd May - Dessert Island Today is all about being silly. Sometimes as adults we forget to just let go and have a play. So we recommend, if you can, collaborating with children on this challenge. Maybe you have a grandchild or friend that might help you, either in person or someone you could email, call or text? If not, don’t worry - just come up with the craziest ideas you can. Do Create a desert island made from food. Spaghetti mountains, chocolate rivers, marshmallow clouds, vegetable houses, whatever you like. Take a piece of paper and use whatever you have, actual food, pens and paints, ripped up pictures from newspapers, magazines or junk mail - whatever you have available to create your own desert island made of food (maybe even a dessert island – get it?! Think Does your island have a name? If someone wanted to visit, how would they get there? What was it like to be silly and playful? Share Show us your island by sharing on our website dothinkshare.com or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe on Twitter & Facebook too. Liked looking at textures - had to look in the garden as forgot camera when I went on a walk in the woods. Tried to make a collage but failed. - not so great with technology today. Enjoyed seeing colours and textures though. I've done lots of gardening today, so lots of walking around looking at colours. These really caught my eye today though. It's the technology, stupid! Took advantage of daughter Rosi handholding through the process. It doesn't come easy. But I suppose that I should simply believe in the slogan which I've advocated for a time. Many older people have lost confidence in themselves and who they are. Leicester Ageing Together, an organisation I'm involved with, is trying to help older people reclaim older interests and skills and develop new ones in order to flourish in retirement.