Evaluate: Dementia Selfie

Green kitchen weigh scaleComponent Evaluation: Moyra Jones – Dementia Selfie

Timing: 15 Minutes
Mode: In-class; Online

An adaptation of an exercise that Moyra Jones used in her 1990s workshop, this learning activity helps participants situate themselves in the position of a person with dementia. Have students either draw a self-portrait with their non-dominant hand or take a photo of themselves with their cell phone.  Then ask students to tear a portion of their “selfie” portrait away (physically or using a photo editing tool) in the response to each the following “loss” prompts, all of which Jones identified as deficits experienced by people with cognitive challenges:

  • Loss of significant friendship or romantic partnership
  • Loss of memory
  • Loss of home
  • Loss of ability to communicate effectively
  • Loss of decision-making
  • Loss of privacy

Employ Moyra Jones’ exercise to as the basis for a class discussion (online or in class) or have students write a short reflection piece.  Jones’ useful questions for generating verbal or written reflections include:

  • What kind of person are you going to be?

  • How does that make you feel?

  • What loss bothered you the most?

  • How would you want family, friends and health care practitioners to care for you when you are that little piece of yourself?