From all those with dementia

This is one man's house in Melksham, Wiltshire! He does it for charity :)
Festive pic: this is one man’s house in Melksham, Wiltshire! He does it for charity 🙂

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.

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About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

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