Last Monday saw me at Leeds Medical school for another dementia friends session. This week my playmate was Sharon Roscoe, who teaches the students about patient communication.
Ruth, my partner in crime from a couple of weeks ago, kindly offered to meet me at the entrance again.
We were expecting 17 students this time and 17 students arrived! I usually reveal that I have Alzheimers at the end of the session, but the first student who arrived asked if I was Wendy from the blog………..so my plans were scuppered this week!
Instead I revealed after the initial questioning of ‘What words spring to mind when you hear the word dementia’? I then proceeded to tell them that although I might seem ancient in their eyes, I am in fact quite young in the grand scheme of things……..
They were a very quiet bunch and certainly a lot quieter than the first group we had. However, as I said before, they hadn’t volunteered to attend, they’d been told to attend so their attitude was very different. Maybe knowing I had dementia also made them reluctant to ask questions – that’s the main reason why I usually tell people at the end.
Or maybe they were just students who had just had lunch so would really have preferred to be chilling out somewhere esle………they were still lovely nevertheless….
Never the less, they all signed up to be dementia friends and all agreed to having their photo taken. It was the last of the sessions and between us we’d created about 200 new dementia friends in the last 3 weeks so I’m a happy bunny….