Women with Dementia Group

Last week was so manic due to Dementia awareness week that I’ve only just been able to print this one even though it was written at the time…….🙄
Soooo last Wednesday, it was the second meeting of the Women with Dementia Group in York.

After the sunshine of the day before it was very grey and gloomy. It was actually nice just to be part of something rather than a contributor having to plan,write and speak…….
I sat whiling the time away in Nero’s (free wifi😁) while it was time for my bus to York.
Lorraine had agreed to pick me up from a bus stop in York nearby, which made it easy for me to get there..

Philly Hare joined us for the session as she and Elaine are going to London next week to speak about women and dementia. This will be Elaine’s 3rd talk – there’s no stopping her now!. Elaine hadn’t been out of the house for years before she joined our group – Emma finally tried to bring us to order……
Door 84 – a youth group in York – want to come and run a session for us – volunteers from Door 84 want to become dementia friends so they can become dementia friends champions and raise awareness amongst their peers – they want to cook for us, sing, show us how they live their lives and their hobbies. Wonderful!!

We also talked about someone coming from Norfolk who wants to complete a project on sex and dementia. She’d like to come and ask our thoughts on the subject.

After lunch, we went for a walk in the fresh air and had our usual photo call.

In the afternoon we considered product testing and what companies would have to do to engage people with dementia….
In no time at all the time had gone and it was time to leave…….
We had a new lady join us at this session. The lady arrived with the blank, dullness in her eyes that is all too familiar in people with dementia, yet at various points during the session, the sparkle came back into her eyes as she sat back and relaxed in our company and contributed her own valuable thoughts.

When asked if she’d liked being with us:

“It’s wonderful company, I’ve had a lovely time, I’ve enjoyed being with people”.

That just says it all regarding peer support………….why oh why is there not more……..

And Philly certainly wasn’t expecting the time of her life………….

This time with me in the photo......
This time with me in the photo……

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.

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