Component 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?