Story 1

One of my biggest joys in my career was facilitating a Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) group for the first time (this is a therapy for people with dementia). It was a pleasure to see group member’s self-esteem grow, friendships being formed and having fun together. I couldn’t believe that something so simple could have such a massive impact on a person’s quality of life.

Story 2

As part of my role supporting older people in the community I would visit people in their own homes. I found that many people did not know who to turn to when they had concerns about a loved one and their forgetfulness. They realised something ‘wasn’t right’ and had growing concerns, and often don’t want to bother their GP.

When visiting a couple, where the husband was very poorly and the wife was the carer, the lady told me she was very worried about her husband as he was hallucinating and didn’t always know where he was. She saw the GP regularly with her husband but felt unable to talk to him regarding her concerns. She was upset as she didn’t know what to do next. I explained that her GP would be able to help, she asked if I would talk to the GP on her behalf. When I telephoned the GP he was reticent at first to talk to me, however, after explaining the ladies concerns and her hesitancy to contact him he agreed to a home visit.

The husband was assessed by the GP and found to have dementia, and support was put in place for them both.

With this new website hopefully everyone will be able to find out more information and know who to contact when they have concerns about a loved one, neighbour or friend’s memory.