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RUN TOMORROW Three-fold Leaflet

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  1. 1. RUN TOMORROW LIVING WITH DEMENTIA RUN TOMORROW is a long distance relay with people living with dementia, a sash handed over one by one across communities in Japan. Our aim is to create a community where people living with dementia can live safely and comfortably in any town. To enjoy everyday. To live positively. To help each other, to dream, and to live. Going beyond thoughts of what you can or can't do, and creating an environment where people can go on living together with others while not giving in to a feeling of hopelessness even if the things you cannot do increase. Living with dementia becomes just another standard way of life. History and Future of RUN TOMORROW From the principle of : "Instead of supporting something for people living with dementia, we want to achieve something together with them.“, RUN TOMORROW was born. The first event, which connected the 300 km between Hakodate and Sapporo, was held in 2011. Since then, the distance and the number of participants have gradually increased, and finally in 2016 we ran across Japan from Hokkaido to Okinawa, a distance of 6500 km. Our dream is to hold RUN TOMORROW around the world in the future. There is a RUN TOMORROW website. On it, you can see the RUN TOMORROW video. We ensured that people with dementia took part in all stages of the project. All documentary parts in the film show ordinary lives of people with dementia in Japan. The chorus part was sung by people with dementia even through they can not speak English. Young creators, people with dementia, people who support them and all participating staff took leading roles in this project. We truly respect and appreciate them, and hope that all the world acknowledge them through this film. Making the movie: MOVIE DIRECTOR / CINEMATOGRAPHER / EDITOR / SCRIPT WRITER Yasuhiro Tamura (EXIT FILM inc.) COMPOSER [.que] / nao kakimoto CASTING DIRECTOR / LOCATION MANAGER / SCRIPT DOCTOR Makoto Okada (Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.) PRODUCTION COOPERATION Center for Global Communications, International University of Japan / Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. PRODUCTION & COPYRIGHT NPO Dementia Friendship Club
  2. 2. Connections. The value of people isn't determined by what they can do or can't do. It's the same with people with dementia. Meeting one another, talking to one another, doing things with one another; Spending time together, feeling alive together. That will eventually forge relationships, so that people can gently reach out to each other in times of difficulty. That kind of natural "connection" - that's what makes life enriching. JUST BEING FRIENDS. Being connected to other people, I think that's the greatest treasure there is. Trust. Whether you have dementia or not, there is no clear boundary between what you can do and what you can't do. Sometimes, things don't go how you want them to. But if the people around you can accept things as they are, and trust each of their abilities, then that would give people the confidence to take a step forward, to give people a reason to smile. This trust will give people the power to live as themselves. By accepting each other, we will be able to discover new opportunities, new joys. Purpose in life. Looking not at what you've lost, but at what you have. Moving forward not with your body, but with your mind. Then you'll realize that life is full of possibilities. Don't give up on life. You can choose and build the life you want to live. Who you are can never be lost. Hope. Living with dementia does not have to be hopeless. I'm me, regardless of whether I have dementia or not. I want to be of help. I want to have a role in my life. I want to have fun. I want to communicate how I feel. I want to do things with other people. I want to smile. It's by valuing such ordinary thoughts, and living an ordinary life, we can create hope. IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT BEING HELPED. It doesn't matter if you make a few mistakes. I think it's important to have some faith in the person. DON’T MOURN THE THINGS YOU’VE LOST. Just look at the things you can do now. That's how it's always been. “DEMENTIA? OH, OKAY.” - that's how normal it should be. We should be able to live without making a big deal of it. WILL HOPETRUST LOVE