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Walking the talk for dementia: a unique immersive, embodied, and multi‐experiential initiative

Aguzzoli Peres, Fernando, Haas, Aline Nogueira, Martha, Angga Dwi, Chan, Melissa, Steele, Michelle, Ferretti, Maria Teresa, Ngcobo, Ntokozo N., Ilinca, Stefania, Domínguez‐Vivero, Clara, Leroi, Iracema, Sajnani, Nisha, Zimmer, Eduardo R., Kornhuber, Alex, Kalache, Alexandre, Holtzhausen, Berrie, Tristão‐Pereira, Catarina, Dupont, Charlèss, Cohen, Dan, de Jong, David, Facal, David, O'Sullivan, Desmond, Mateus, Elaine, Roso, Enzo, Estrop, Evon, Gamba, Giulia, San Martin Elexpe, Gustavo, Ulises Diaz Hernández, Hector, Quaid, Helena, Govia, Ishtar, Barbosa, João, García del Moral, Joaquina, Miller, Johnny, García García, José Antonio, Quaid, Kevin, Navarro, Laura, García, Laura Zúñiga, Waters, Laureen, Molete, Lebo, Godoy, Maria Eugenia, Sigauke, Maureen, de Ataide Schulte, Max William, Estrop, Peter, San Martin Elexpe Cardoso, Priscilla, Perez, Randall, Patterson, Rianna, Chakrabarti, Ronika, Wong, Ruth, Marsillas, Sara, Lowe, Shontonese, Rego, Taida Sánchez, Farombi, Temitope, Montgomery, Theresa, in ‘t Veen, Ton, Yanni, Valli, Weidner, Wendy and Ibanez, Agustin (2024) Walking the talk for dementia: a unique immersive, embodied, and multi‐experiential initiative. Alzheimer's and Dementia, 20 (3). 2309 - 2322. ISSN 1552-5260

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Coping with dementia requires an integrated approach encompassing personal, health, research, and community domains. Here we describe “Walking the Talk for Dementia,” an immersive initiative aimed at empowering people with dementia, enhancing dementia understanding, and inspiring collaborations. This initiative involved 300 participants from 25 nationalities, including people with dementia, care partners, clinicians, policymakers, researchers, and advocates for a 4-day, 40 km walk through the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Spain. A 2-day symposium after the journey provided novel transdisciplinary and horizontal structures, deconstructing traditional hierarchies. The innovation of this initiative lies in its ability to merge a physical experience with knowledge exchange for diversifying individuals' understanding of dementia. It showcases the transformative potential of an immersive, embodied, and multi-experiential approach to address the complexities of dementia collaboratively. The initiative offers a scalable model to enhance understanding, decrease stigma, and promote more comprehensive and empathetic dementia care and research.

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Additional Information: © 2024 The Authors
Divisions: International Inequalities Institute
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2024 15:15
Last Modified: 28 May 2024 11:48

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