Tag Archives: Being Flexible

Dementia: Choosing Your Guru

Last week I cancelled the carer sit on Thursday so that Girl Friday would be here for six hours the following day.  With extra time on my hands, I had to decide between lunch with my Buddhist friends in Pocklington or … Continue reading

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Dementia: The PC Protocol

With my initials what else would I call my approach to being Maureen’s Care Partner than The PC Protocol?  Over the next few days, I aim to clarify my Protocol and outline its effectiveness in maintaining or even reversing cognitive decline. … Continue reading

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Dementia: Dealing With The Care Crisis

  Yesterday Susan Macaulay asked a very pertinent question: ‘AmazingSusan says: August 8, 2017 at 2:44 am (Edit) Renovations are stressful for anyone – living with dementia or not. I’m wondering what the purpose of this reno is…? Not that it seems … Continue reading

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Dementia: Facing Reality

I felt tired and completely overwhelmed by our situation yesterday.  Throughout the day I struggled to cope with my environment.  Maureen’s presentation fluctuated at such a rate that at one stage I doubted who I was and where I lived. … Continue reading

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Dementia: Compassionate Carers

I am frequently overwhelmed by the dedication and compassion of Maureen’s carers. When I called into Alderlea Care Home yesterday several members of staff asked me how she was doing.  People I had never met before were genuinely interested in … Continue reading

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Dementia: ‘Listen To Carers’

As Carers Week draws to a close Beth Britton makes a salutary point: ‘Listen To Carers’. This extract from her blog, D4Dementia, is reproduced with her kind permission: ‘My interview with Havas Lynx where I talk about the wealth of knowledge and … Continue reading

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Dementia: Fabulous Friday

Lots of good things happened yesterday hence Fabulous Friday: Girl Friday put in another sterling performance engaging Maureen throughout her visit.  We will miss her when she goes on Maternity Leave. Maureen’s Occupational Therapist called to offer support on cognitive … Continue reading

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Dementia: Please Cut Us Some Slack On DoLS

It was clearly not in Maureen’s Best Interests to let her walk by herself yesterday because the pavement was littered with preparation for the ‘Bin Men’s’ arrival this morning  So last night I stayed by her side during Circuit Training and commented … Continue reading

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Vascular Dementia: ‘You Think You’ve Got It Then It Changes’

As I drove Maureen around last night attempting to deal with her Sundowning I saw a second possible enemy: the full moon.  It then struck me that I was probably dealing with double trouble. Music had created a very positive atmosphere … Continue reading

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Dementia: A Headless Chicken?

I had a stark reminder early this morning that I’m trying to do too much.  Last night I was so exhausted that I went to bed at half-past eight and left Maureen to her own devices. Five hours or so later … Continue reading

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