I can’t stress enough how wonderful the Alzheimer’s society is for ‘including’ people affected by dementia. Admittedly I volunteer for everything but they also offer me and many people like me, so many opportunities to be ‘included’ in the society. Last Wednesday was just such a day…..
The tube was a problem again – obviously last week was not a week I should have been travelling……I would normally have walked as it was a lovely sunny day but when I got to the tube platform the kind man announced ‘severe’ delays on the circle line……I asked a ‘nice’ man who said ‘Gerroff at Aldgate and walk’…………and a train duly pulled in for Aldgate so I thought hey ho, how hard can it be and I’ve got my trusty map book……Turned out to be a pleasant walk but it meant I just got there on time instead of a nice 30 mins to play with……..
I’d been emailed asking if I’d like the opportunity to be Programme Advisor on the User Involvement Programme Board. Hilary Doxford (wonderful friend who also has dementia) was stepping down after her years stint and they wanted to know if I’d like to take her place. Well, obviously I thought about it long and hard for all of 2 seconds and said yes.
I met Gaynor Smith – Involvement Manager – and Hilary for lunch before the meeting for a catch up and hand over. It was nice to see Hilary again as the last time we’d met was at the launch of the Alzheimers Society Guidelines for Employers, where we spoke. We’d exchanged ideas about alternative treatments at that meeting and I wanted to rack her brain for further information, but that’s probably another blog…….however, in all my haste to take in everything else I forgot to have that conversation so it will have to wait for another time…….
As usual my new team of play mates were all wonderful and I’m sure I’m going to have lots of interesting conversations.
The whole ethos behind The Alzhiemers society strategy revolves around inclusivity of those affected by dementia and they clearly do it so well. The idea of this board is to ensure it happens, how it happens, and measuring success. I can’t sing their praises enough – as I’ve said before, they’re all my heroes.
Hope you’re reading this whilst having a nice lunch in the sunshine Matt or is that too much to ask?!
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