Isn´t it a human right to extend your own well being to the point of being able to survive in your own home? As long as you want to. As far as it´s possible. Elderly individuals who came to Ibiza a long time ago, because they love the island for being allowed to live their individuality and creativity, may want to live in their own homes as long as they possibly can.
Regardless if they are suffering from mental illness or just weak in their third age, many wish is to be at home rather than go back to the country of origin. We may help in that. In many ways we set pillars in daily life, suggest therapies, or work creatively according to the individual abilities. The process of third age is becoming more and more interesting for generations. We bring joy into the house during the period of decision. In that stage the focus and the circumstances can be structured in such way, that a person builds up her own stability in the same time that our well known anchors in life fade away. working with biography and perception, plans, time and space is essential. The island of Ibiza provides a picturesque landscape for the grounding and wonderful places to let the soul get calm. A trustful company is required for singles and for caring relatives when it becomes tiring.
However, physically ok, many elderly people could do with some input and care. For that we provide home care with special social service. We are a team of creatives resident on the island dedicated to accompany older adults. At the moment we are organized one by one, in different areas, we want a support group and we want to be flexible in the community. Each one has his own paths along the island; supermarkets, cafés, certain beaches... we drive all places see well known and unknown. However, the human brain never stops learning, in old age we think we know everything and its a challenge for us younger generation to find new perspectives for the older generation. Both to bring peace and safety as well as to irritate the senses in new ways is what we want in order to keep curiosity alive and hence the brain working. even if it is as absurd, it belongs to life. The more emotions come up the more peace calms down. I am sure we can set up a team of specialists, who rotate according to the needs of the clients.
Information flow in the group and to the public is required as well. We need to share our experience to the topic of old age and dementia. there are as many forms of dementia as many as there are people who have it. Let´s develop a consciousness about this weird kind of movement of the brain, as there is a lot of solution in the disillusion of the mind. While I am writing this, D. is sorting mugs and plates in the kitchen. Today he lets me write - unsusual!
Distinctively we flow through every day life, methodically we find a way to cope and handle the changes of body and mind when we grow old in the community with friends and care takers. Some may need a personal assistance. an organized company throughout periods of crisis. Long before we need daily care, there we may need to ask for some support, for natural support without interfering the doctors treatments rather than to be in tune with the medical therapies. even doctors could be interested, if the exchange wasn´t too time consuming, to share in social care. In the future I´d like to start a clubroom where we can give shelter, enhance creative processes and share experience with the younger generation. I would like to invite guests in this space and I myself wouldn´t need to drive so much. Instead, we had one or two artecura-taxis. The daily rythm of individuals is different.
However, there is spontaneity allowing to drop in and drop out at any time, the activation in our space would be form giving, alerting and comforting many of us, the client and the relatives. Nameless are the possibilities of projects for clients who are on the island for the season as well as a kind of social living room / clubroom for residents, we´d provide an open space with kitchen, garden and good parking near by. Close to the road it should be, easy to achieve; this room could be an island on the island. Encounters in the environment of a workshop, atelier, clubroom are delightful and enhance creativity. dropping by for a cup of tea is what we want to provide.
At first we start at home, after a couple of weeks we want to socialize and spend time with young people. Students in care and entertainment, art therapy or sociocultural management may want to join us. From all over Europe can make their stages here, families can bring their elderly relatives for holiday and take a break themselves, school children can participate in intergnerational creative dialogue programs. In terms of Anti Aging we explore preventative methods; we can practice upcoming young therapies like art therapy (all creative approaches), biography work, garden therapy, natural therapies and yoga. The forum includes doctors and practiocioners, as well as artists.
In this context the community follows spiritual approaches. We enjoy and rejoice, play and take it easy, too. Who knows, we may relief the suffering of dementia?
For that we need to inform each other, start a foundation and provide consistantly a professional and reliebale service. We need a central house (office, clubroom, workshop), granny-taxis, tecnical device and… sponsors. Our staff needs good support to be able to do this demanding job diligently.
Then people come to practice, relatives, volunteers and carers take courses and workshops. We share the spiritual, physical and creative offferings of the island. The association´s goal is to be beneficial for the care of people with dementia and enhance the intergenerational dialogue.