Delivering Dementia Care Module at York Uni.

Yesterday I was at York University. I’d been asked by the lovely Helen Roberts to help with a dementia module for clinicians.It was an early start as I was due to be part of the morning session from 9.30-12.30.image

Mornings have always been mine favourite part of the day. I think I’ve always been a lark. I remember being the first to arrive at school and sitting by the tennis courts with a flask of tea and my lunch time sandwiches being demolished for breakfast………….😊 I love seeing the world wake up and much prefer this to night time.

Helen met me at the bus stop and we made our way to the room chatting merrily about her imminent retirement……if ever there was someone who wasn’t going to ‘retire’, it’s Helen. I’m sure she’ll be snapped up to do other things…..

A few of the students were already there and waiting and it wasn’t long before everyone had arrived. They’d already had 2 of the sessions and Helen had sent me a list of questions that had come from the first 2. So the first half of the morning was me going through the things I wanted them to hear around language, perceptions, emotions and the importance of not disabling.

I’m sure I went off piste a few times, especially when someone referred to services – I may not have much of a short term memory, but how the staff made me feel at Hull Royal is still very clear in my head……..

Once I’d finished that section we sent them off for a coffee. Helen had brought a flask and 2 cups so we could have a cuppa tea – always welcome😊
Once they returned, they were more animated and relaxed and I started to go through the list of questions they’d sent me. These ranged from questions about services, to how to talk to someone with dementia,  detail about my memory room, to ‘How do I plan for the future?’

In answering the last question, I stressed the importance of ‘talking’ to love ones.

‘How will family and friends know how you feel and what you’d like in the future if you don’t openly talk about it’

TALKING, is one of the most important things people can do. By talking I saved my daughters going through the emotional trauma of making a decision as we’ve already discussed and have all my thoughts down in writing in my LPA.

I had such a nice time and looking at the amount they were writing, I think they learnt something from my ramblings…….

 

Helen on the right......
Helen on the right……
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About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

6 thoughts on “Delivering Dementia Care Module at York Uni.

  1. Wendy, I always find your blog postings interesting, encouraging and insightful. Thank you for leading by example. From Susan, with young on-set dementia diagnosis

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  2. Am currently trying to write my essay on dementia care and needed a place in which to stop and think about things and thought a browse of your blog would be a good place. Came across this post and felt compelled to reply. I was one of the students that you spoke to at York and your session left a real impression on me. Thank you sharing your experiences, and for your honesty, frankness and humour. This course has opened my eyes and challenged my beliefs. I thought I might be a better nurse after doing this course but I now realise I can be so much more. This is about citizenship!!
    Thankyou Wendy

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  3. Am currently writing my essay on dementia care and thought a browse of your blog would be a good place to visit to stop and have a think about things. Came across this post and felt compelled to reply. I was one of the students you spoke to and I wanted to let you know how inspirational I found your seminar. Thank you for the insight, for the frankness and the humor. I thought that this course might make me a better nurse but I think it has done so much more. This has become an issue of citizenship for me!!
    thank you Wendy

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