The staff at the Alzheimer’s Society always make me feel valued and ‘include’ me in whatever opportunities arise. Yesterday I was back down in London at my first meeting regarding their Advanced Dementia Project.
Before the meeting I’d arranged to have a cuppa with the lovely Katie Bennett – one of the Press Officers there for a catch up and a natter. I was a tad early but the wonderful girls on reception sorted me out with wifi access so I was sorted. Once Katie arrived she took me to meet all the staff in the office which was lovely – I’ve never met such a nice bunch of people. We both said we have meetings at 2 so arranged to meet before then only to realise we were both going to the same meeting!!
The reason I offered to be involved in this project was purely selfish. I need policies and procedures to be perfect for when I get to that later stage -ha! After the project has been completed – around 2017 – there will be recommendations to government, local authorities, health services and service providers on what may need changing and how to ensure laws etc are implemented correctly, effectively and consistently.
While I was waiting the wonderful Matt Murray popped over to say hello – he looks after all us research network volunteers.
Can’t think of a better way to use my time than have an impact on future care of people in the late stages of dementia…..