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Interview: Sophie Rosentreter – Dementia Activist

Sophie Rosentreter is an author, director and dedicated dementia activist. We have asked them in an interview about their vocation.

Sophie Rosentreter: Author, director and dementia activist / ©Sophie Rosentreter

The so gesund editorial team spoke to Sophie Rosentreter about her work with people with dementia.

Sophie Rosentreter, you describe yourself as a dementia activist – is this a life task?

Sophie Rosentreter (S.R.): The designation dementia activist does not actually come from me, but I accept it very gladly, and yes, it is a life task. I now feel more at home in a job than ever before, I have found my vocation, so to speak. The road was rocky, and also painful, but that's just how we humans are. When there are deep cuts in our lives, we usually emerge strengthened. At that time, the illness of my grandmother brought me on this path.

Is there for you something like the most beautiful moment in your engagement?

S.R.: There are numerous moments of encounter, but specifically one encounter comes to mind, in a home I was in about half a year ago. I always take the time to wander lost in the homes I visit. In this case I passed a room where two people were sitting in wheelchairs. A man who no longer looked so beautiful – saliva ran from his mouth, smelled something. Staring at the ceiling. Was just very far away. I went up to him, took his hand and just smiled at him. I introduced myself quietly, and more important than the words is the sound of the voice. And then, like a whale from the depths of the ocean, he surfaced and looked at me. He, without moving much, took my hand and laughed, and we beamed at each other. The whole thing took maybe five minutes, but it was enough for the encounter. There are many moments like this, and they are moments that enrich me as a person.

Your work and your commitment are completely focused on the topic of dementia – what do you wish as a result of this work in, say, ten years??

S.R.It is important to me to fight for a society that puts the 'we' first, in which the world of feelings comes more to the fore again. This is exactly what we can learn from people with dementia. I also wish that volunteering would become something we take for granted. Richard David Precht once suggested that every person should do one year of voluntary work when entering and leaving the professional world. Such a thing I would fully. Sign completely. Without voluntary work our future will not be shapeable.

Sophie Rosentreter / © Katrin Schoning

Sophie Rosentreter is the managing director of Ilses weite Welt as part of her work as a dementia activist and works for the Pflegeleicht project with the DAK (German Health Insurance Fund). Ilse's wide world offers interactive employment concepts for people with dementia.

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