Last Thursday saw BBC Breakfast report on the work being done in Scotland for those with dementia.It showed a mock up bedroom, living room and kitchen with so many useful ideas to help those with dementia. I liked the glass fronted kitchen cupboards to show clearly what’s in them as things don’t exist when they’re behind doors (hence me buying 10 cheese graters……another story) During the programme they showed some very personal but brilliant video diaries made by people living with dementia.
I was hoping to provide a link to watch them but you can’t get BBC Breakfast on IPlayer for some bizarre reason which is such a shame. Hopefully someone will think to put them on You Tube as they gave such a good insight in what it’s like living on a day-to-day basis – I thought they were all brilliant. One lady was out running with her husband – she always took a £10 note and her phone in case she got lost and had to get a taxi. Another played golf with his wife, but spoke of the frustration and complex nature of the disease which meant he would forget to kiss his wife and ask how she was. The final lady spoke of living with her husband being like living with a child but without all the joy that can bring. Very real stories spoken so eloquently and openly by all concerned.
University of Stirling has some brilliant ideas on designs for the home for those living with dementia – take a look:
Finally, the reporter read out the message one had printed on a T-shirt – it read:
I won’t live long enough to see a world without dementia, but I’d like to see a world that finally accepts those living with dementia.