A moving video that says it all……

Big Ian Donaghy is a well known figure in York for raising awareness about dementia. I don’t think we\ve ever met (although I suppose we may have!( but I know him from Twitterland……..

Recently one of his wonderful films came to my attention….and I just had to share it as it says everything I say just perfectly…..so sit down with a cuppa and be enthralled for the next 3 minutes…..the man in the film is the dad of someone I know….

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.

13 thoughts on “A moving video that says it all……

  1. Wow. Thank you for sharing. I’m ashamed to say I made the terrible assumption that Ian was the one living with dementia. It’s a harsh reminder that dementia doesn’t discriminate in the grounds of age. Thank you for reminding us all Wendy.

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  2. A powerful film with an unexpected ending.I ,also,assumed that it was the 88 year old who had dementia.That just proves the need for more education about dementia.You’re doing a very necessary thing,Wendy.Well done!

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  3. I thought it would be his wife with dementia. Good to have our assumptions getting a thorough shaking up. I don’t think I’ve come across this scenario before. Ian, like most people from his generation, shows not an ounce of self pity.

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  4. That was funny, beautiful & sad. What a brave dad I wish him & his daughter the very best.
    I am 51 living with FTD dementia & this pulled on my heart strings x

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  5. Thank you for sharing this Wendy. Love his sense of humour. A wonderful inspiring man and film. Like others I assumed that whilst watching it that because of his age at 88 that he was the one with dementia, something I think he wanted us to assume.

    A reminder that dementia doesn’t discriminate in terms of age. I noticed his daughter was the same age as you when you were diagnosed. Great to see there are others like you who are trying so hard to spread awareness and change peoples’ perceptions.

    Also, as someone who has a loved one with dementia, I’m not looking forward to the clocks going back 1 hour tonight. With my Dad not really knowing whether it is morning or evening, it will probably result in my Dad getting more confused than he already is with him getting less hours of daylight.

    Best wishes as always.

    Martin xx

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