From Paul and Christine Bryden, friends of Silver Channel, sitting in their house north of Brisbane, Australia
We will be thinking of you on the weekend of 6 June, as you take part in the Symposium. May you all share together this weekend your hopes and dreams for the future.
We feel very honoured to have been able to visit your beautiful country on several occasions over recent years, and to meet people with dementia, their families, and professional care workers.
We are impressed by the dedication and professionalism of Silver Channel, as well as NHK, professional workers and Ministry officials. So much has been achieved in Japan since the amazing conference in Kyoto that we attended in 2004. A lot of people have worked together, to improve the way in which people with dementia and their families are helped and supported to live in the community.
There is new life in a slow lane after a diagnosis of dementia: there is time to laugh, to be with family and friends, and to reflect on what gives us true meaning in life, beyond the constraints of work and other such formal commitments. Each human being is born as a unique individual on this planet, with his or her own special ability to reach out to other people in meaningful relationships.
We encourage each one of you consider how you are unique, and what makes you truly human. Make the most of each day and make it your best day.
With our love to you all
Christine and Paul Bryden