Yesterday I was back in York for my monthly meeting with friends at Minds and Voices.
The meeting starts at 10.30 so it was an early start on the first bus of the day.
The day began very cold but at least it was dry, nice and sunny
The autumn colours still looked amazing and there were still many leaves on the trees in the museum gardens once I got to York….
Damian kindly agreed to meet me in the usual place and gave me a lift to the venue.
We got there and were soon joined by Emily and sorted the important bit – making the tea…
Everyone soon started to arrive. Martha – a trainee clinical psychologist student from Hull joined us to convince everyone to take part in her research about what it’s like to live with dementia called Gratitude.
Caroline, an Occupational Therapist, was here from Hartlepool to see how our group worked……
Emily reminded us that we used to be called Dementia Forum – someone asked me that the other day and I didn’t have a scooby doo….
The taxi firm was running late but eventually we had a full house……..
We all introduced ourselves – Liz mentioned at the end how someone had come up to her and said ‘You can’t have dementia cos I’ve seen you walking around town….”………..enough said……
It was such a big group that we agreed that today we needed to take it in turns to speak so that everyone gets a turn.
Martha started off by telling us about her research – Gratitude and what it means to people. It’s not saying people should be grateful for having dementia but for example, grateful for this group, looking at life differently since a diagnosis.
Very jealous as I don’t qualify cos I’m too young as you have to be 65 for this one.
We had an interesting discussion around age discrimination around dementia and services……..
Caroline then spoke about her role around re enablement. To allow people with dementia to do the things they want to.
Paul said ‘If you’ve got it flaunt it’………ha! Dementia, that is…..
There was an interesting chat about reading habits and how they’ve changed.Some people have stopped reading, others, like myself read differently now – I read short stuff now and simply don’t worry if I don’t remember what I’ve read. It used to bug me but now it simply doesn’t matter.
We spoke about setting up a training group for newly diagnosed – for us to become tutors – giving talks and sharing our stories to those newly diagnosed and inviting people to join our group where it’s alright to have a laugh and not worry about doing things wrong.
So in February we’ll start the talks around replicating the course that already exists in Stockport.
It’s produced by people with dementia for newly diagnosed people with dementia……
Lunch time called at this point and my mind and body were in first gear……….so I decided to call it a day and make sure I got home before it got dark……….
It was lovely to be amongst so much laughter again….and my favourite view from my favourite bridge looked lovely as always…….