The Importance of a Clock…………

For me, routine is so important. It gives me some normality to time. I’ve found dementia can strip away any concept of time.

For most people hunger may signal lunch time or tea time. But I don’t get those signals of time. I don’t feel hunger as I used to.Food is now just fuel. I’ve lost those comforting signals of time that the body used to provide.

Tiredness bears no relationship to the time of day.
Maybe that’s why I find comfort in the presence of a clock. A ticking clock can be really annoying to some but I find it comforting. I have a ticking clock in my living room and my landing. It’s presence fills the emptiness of total silence and reminds me to consider the time.

The presence of a clock means dementia can’t sweep me away into a time zone of uncertainty. I’m always constantly checking the time. Anyone can lose track of time but with dementia in tow it can play its cruel tricks and make it hard to work out the reality of time without the presence of a clock. Dementia can’t win if I have a clock nearby.

A Clock helps me keep hold of reality…

But I only like clocks with numbers on them. Those with lines where numbers should be only tell me half a story. What numbers are where? what’s missing? Time then becomes distorted and confused.

A simple clock with numbers is comforting for me. A 24 hour clock is even better, like the one beside my bed that tells me the day, the date as well as the time.

When I’m out for a trundle in town, I often sit in my Building Society because they have a clock. It’s provides stability, familiarity and comfort.

In the night with my sleep, wake, sleep, wake, pattern I can only guess the time from the sounds outside. I tap tap my fitbit to see the time, only to repeat the action a minute later. In my world of forgetting, time can mean nothing. A minute passing could be an hour.. Is it any wonder we can ask the same question over and over if we have no concept of time? That’s another advantage of living alone. I can work out the reality in my own time without the confusing signals from others trying to speed up my thoughts.

That could be another reason why hospitals are so confusing for people with dementia. The concept of time confused even more, as personal routine is disrupted. At night, waking to find nurses dressed in day time clothes. The same for Care Homes…….

If you have no concept of time and the visual clues no longer make sense, how distressing that must be……..?

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia. 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.

3 thoughts on “The Importance of a Clock…………

  1. In the care home I work we have often discussed night staff wearing pyjamas.
    What you write makes perfect sense.
    I look forward to reading your blog.
    Have recently bought the book by Hilda Hayo so am looking forward to reading it
    I wish you well

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  2. This is so true Wendy. So important for care homes, day centres and hospitals to make sure clocks are set correctly and not just chosen because they look nice or ‘retro’. Far better for the clock to have easy to read numbers and be set at the right time than to have Roman numerals/be vintage/‘reminiscence’ looking just for show, which is often the case. I have even seen a fake clock stuck on a wall as part of a reminiscence mural. Very confusing! A working clock is vital for people to have a reference point during the day or night.

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  3. i understand so much more about living with dementia now having read Wendy’.s book and the clock and pyjamas too .Care homes should think about this idea .

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