Great video worth a watch over a cuppa……

Last year I attended the Young Dementia UK conference in Birmingham. Looking back at my blog for the day, I can see that many of my friends with dementia were present, which would have been wonderful.

Young Dementia UK, made a short film of us during the conference highlighting how a diagnosis isn’t the end but the beginning of a different life. It’s how you embrace that new life that makes all the difference.

It tells how support can simply be life giving and peer support. We all speak of the many different kinds of support that can exist.

“The support I get is informal from other people with dementia who I meet at these sort of conferences and events and from communicating with people on Twitter, blogs and facebook……”…..said the lovely @george rook

Others have group support and where in those rare parts of the country where there is formal support. My own main support comes from my ever patient and amazing daughters
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As for me I talk about how having dementia could potentially be a very lonely experience and having the knowledge and connection to other people who are going through exactly the same type of situation is very comforting and reduces the isolation.

It’s so good to hear everyone talk and to see lovely smiley pictures of us all

Make yourself a cuppa and take time out of your busy worlds to listen to us all talking about how we all cope with dementia…….

 

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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.

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