What a wonderful afternoon I had in Bradford! Bradford University is renowned as a centre of excellence in dementia research. Professor Murna Downs leads a wonderful team of staff who are so devoted to finding better ways of living with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society funds some of their research.
The aim of the day was to record some interviews with those living with dementia and some with carers. The films would then be put into a format which would allow them to be shown to those working in the healthcare sector – both clinical and non clinical staff. I arrived just in time for lunch – always a good move…….. It’s always nice to meet others with dementia as we’re such positive people and today was no different. The majority of people seem to be from the Bradford area so it was nice to meet new folk, each with their own story to tell. We’re a wealth of information for projects such as this, after all we have a wealth of experience and expertise.
All the staff were wonderful. After lunch I was interviewed. I wish I could remember all the team’s names to mention but sadly I can’t. They’d kindly sent a list of the sort of questions they wanted to ask ahead of time, which is always good, so I’d prepared some responses. The good thing about the filming was that the ones taking the film were media students – how amazing to involve students from a totally unrelated department! They were all saying how much they’d learnt just from this small exercise – magic.
I remember talking a lot about living well with dementia is all about ‘adapting’. Accepting the need to adapt. Adapting to doing things differently to compensate for the effects the disease has thrust upon us. These simple adaptions can enable us to live better for longer. People around us shouldn’t assume we can’t do things; they should instead help us to find ways to do things differently in order to keep doing things independently. Next week I’ll write a blog on how I’ve adapted things so far.
Filming had been taking place all day so different people had been coming and going. Some of us met afterwards for a debrief which was equally interesting – they might have missed a trick there, as filming us sat chatting over a cuppa would have made a good glimpse into our world in a more relaxed setting……..