A continuation of my blog from yesterday about my first visit to my local dementia forum last week – a group for people with dementia who want to make a difference – a voice for those with dementia.
They often invite guest speakers. At this meeting there were 2 students from Hull University who are just embarking on their journey into dementia research. They were there to promote their research but also to look for volunteers from York. They have chosen to do their research on positive aspects of living with dementia – how refreshing 🙂
Helen had chosen the topic of ‘exploring the shared experience of humour in people with dementia and their partners’ and Kirsty is working on ‘a study of positive experiences whilst living with dementia’. Needless to say, they got their volunteers……and they promised to return once they’d completed their research.
I hope they found our enthusiasm infectious as it’s refreshing to have fledgling students focus on the positive aspects of living with dementia. We must do all we can to encourage young students into the field of dementia research as they are our future
There was also a psychologist from our local memory service. After hearing all our comments and experiences of the service he acknowledged that the service was far from perfect and was in need of a revamp. He has asked us to work with them in the redesign – a very positive outcome.
This meeting only lasted 90 minutes, but I came out full of hope and admiration for the work achieved so far and look forward to being part of their future involvement in bringing about changes in our community.
Never one to miss an opportunity, I’d also taken leaflets for all around signing up to Join Dementia Research as this was useful for those with the condition, the students and the psychologist from the memory clinic….