From all those with dementia:
Don’t be offended if I get your name wrong this Christmas – what does it matter
Don’t be offended if I put the wrong names on the wrong parcel – it’ll make opening them all the more fun
Don’t keep correcting me if I get things wrong – does it matter?
Don’t be offended if I can’t join in the constant chatter – if you don’t all speak at once I’ll find it easier.
Don’t be offended if I want a bit of peace and quiet
Don’t be offended if I can’t keep up with all the games and quizzes as I can’t think of the answers quick enough.
Don’t be offended if I can’t watch a film all the way through without losing the plot or falling asleep
Don’t get the hump if I don’t remember what you bought me
I can give a thank you hug
I can accept a hug
I can ‘enjoy’
I can be content in my own little world surrounded by those I love.
I can be asked ‘what do you want to do?’
I can be happy just being me
Come to think of it, you don’t have to have dementia for those things to apply – see we’re not that much different from everyone else…………let’s look after each other this Christmas.