My Love of Social Media….

When dementia strips away your ability to have a conversation in a crowded room and strips away your ability to speak a sentence without forgetting the ending half way through, the world of social media opens up a whole new wonderful silent community who will chat and listen at any time of day without a voice being heard……

My latest contribution to Psychology Today….



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.

4 thoughts on “My Love of Social Media….

  1. What a wonderful piece you have written Wendy. Really enjoyed reading it and how the World of technology and Social Media has actually helped you to communicate in your own time with no distractions, which is another positive thing with having Dementia as I know you always like to share that it is still possible to live well with Dementia.

    I for one am so glad you entered the World of Social Media and started this blog as you talk so openly about your experiences, which has helped my Mum and myself cope with my Dad’s Dementia as he never talks about how it affects him. Also I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to correspond with an inspirational and lovely person as yourself and someone who I call a friend even though we have never met.

    Thank you and keep on outwitting Dementia.

    Martin x

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  2. I totally agree with you Wendy, even though I don’t have dementia (and hope I never will have, of course) being able to type as fast as I think, is an enormous boon. I can see entirely how it is a lifeline for you and those who are also have problems with expressing themselves verbally, for whatever reason. Thanks for this post.

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  3. Thanks Wendy. I too love social media, which brings me close to family and friends around the world, together with the ability to write the words that I am so often unable to speak. Your blog continually inspires me, thank you. Bobby x

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