Dementia: A Load of Barney

There is a simple way to lift Maureen when she is looking a bit sorry for herself.  All I have to do is put Barney McKenna on YouTube singing: I Wish I Had Someone To Love Me.  If you saw her in action  you would see what I mean.

As soon as the opening music comes on she is transformed.  Once she hears Barney’s voice her face lights up and she joins in; loving every minute of the song.

The interesting thing is that her recognition of Barney’s magic is from her short-term memory.  Until a couple of weeks ago she had never heard of Barney McKenna or his music.  So the stroke hasn’t completely destroyed her short-term memory or ability to recall.  Now there’s an interesting thought!


About Remember Me

I am a retired adult educator. My wife had a stroke in February 2014 and now has mixed dementia. Her recovery from stroke has been exceptional apart from 50% loss of peripheral vision and vascular damage. 'Dharma For Dementia' is my approach to being Maureem's Care Partner: it aims to end the suffering of 'Prescribed Disengagement' (Swaffer) .
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2 Responses to Dementia: A Load of Barney

  1. Yes, that IS interesting!


  2. Remember Me says:

    It certainly is and raises a number of questions that I am going to pursue.


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