Welcome to Talking Point - Alzheimer's Society's online discussion forum for anyone affected by dementia. It's a place to ask for advice, share information, join in discussions and feel supported.
If you would like to join a discussion on the forum or start a new one, you will need to either register or log-in (you can log-in by clicking on the box at the top right of the main forum). If you need help using Talking Point, please take a look at our Help videos or main Help section. Talking Point is kindly funded by Santander.
This forum is a place for new members to introduce themselves, and to ask questions about how Talking Point works. It contains Help videos and other technical tips.
If you are a new member, welcome to Talking Point (also known as TP). :)
This is your place to say Hello to other members, and tell us a little bit about yourself - for example, about your connection to dementia and your reasons for joining.
If you'd like to start your own discussion...
Many thanks to those of you who joined in or visited our new chat room this week: it was great to see people taking an interest. :)
The schedule of live chat sessions for the next few weeks is below, and we’ll post reminders ahead of each one.
The dementia-themed sessions will provide an...
We launched the Talking Point chat room back in January, and since then we've been running twice-weekly chat sessions on specific aspects of living with dementia, as well as light-hearted, social conversations. Recent chats have included a Q&A with National Dementia Helpline staff on food and...
We have recently made four short films, which explain how to register on Talking Point, and give an overview of the forum's main features.
The films are:
How to register on Talking Point
Key features of Talking Point
How to post a message on Talking Point
Starting in July, we're going to be running one evening chat room session each month.
It would be really helpful to know which days and times would suit members best, as well as whether you'd prefer the monthly evening sessions to be dementia-focused, social chats, or a mix of the two.
If you’ve just joined Talking Point – welcome. :)
If you're trying to find your feet, here are some tips:
Why not read our post about finding your way around Talking Point.
Whether you’ve found Talking Point recently or you’ve been with us for a while, you will probably find the following...
I'm delighted to let you all know that we have a new face on the Talking Point staff team!
HarrietD has joined us, as our new Online Community Assistant. Harriet will be working alongside Serena and I, and our two fantastic teams of volunteers, to make sure that Talking Point...
All busy online forums have to deal with spammers from time to time (people who send unsolicited messages with the aim of promoting their goods or services with forum users).
For the vast majority of the time, our moderating team ban spammers before they get to do anything on Talking Point...
Several of you have reported that you have found it quite complicated to attach a picture (or other file) to a post on Talking Point.
I’m happy to say that we’ve done some work on this function, to make it more straightforward to use. From now on, the process for attaching a file to a post on...
The latest Talking Point user survey results are in, and they can be viewed here.
693 people completed the survey, which is a brilliant response. Many thanks to all who took the time to share your views. :)
For those who don't want to read the whole document, a few key findings are:
Many of you will hopefully be aware of the TP chat room by now. Over recent weeks, we've run sessions on a number of topics, including:
- peer support sessions for people with dementia
- carers' self-care
- coping with sleep problems
- a Q&A sessions with two of our Helpline...
We've produced a quick explaining how to use Talking Point, with tips on:
Logging in to Talking Point
Starting a discussion
Posting a response
Searching for discussions on a specific topic
We need to upgrade the Talking Point software, vBulletin, every so often, and we are now due an upgrade.
This essential work will be carried out on Tuesday 31 May. Please be aware that Talking Point will be unavailable on that day, whilst our technical team are working hard to ensure that the...
I thought I would set up a thread for you to post any queries about the new features on Talking Point.
The FAQ system is pretty comprehensive so it is best to first check there first, but I will try and answer any questions that come up.
General Forum Usage
Following feedback we’ve had from users - in our most recent annual survey, user testing project, and via the forum itself - we’re going to be updating Talking Point next Monday, 22 July. The forum will be unavailable for a few hours first thing that morning, whilst our technical...
Does anyone know?
Just to let everyone know that we’re going to be updating Talking Point’s mobile app this coming Friday, 28 February.
There are several bugs in the current version, and the new version should be more stable as well as being easier to use. Serena and I have tested out the new version, which...
Hello Every body , On the last Birthday greeting ( Grannie G ) i put a Post as i normally do :)
However a lot of T P'ers i noticed put "Very Posh Ones Up " Greetings in Pink & even Ballons etc ! ! ! & thought how much nicer it looked than normal black :(
Qustion Please : How do you do...
This post is to provide some pointers to posters who might have some problems getting their point across.
1) Emoticons AKA Smilies are great :D :):rolleyes:;) but when you use too many of them, it's difficult to actually read and understand what you are saying. It becomes more like one of those...
I’m thrilled to say we are launching a free mobile app for Talking Point today, which will make it easier and quicker to use the forum on the move. (Some of our eagle-eyed members came across the app just ahead of today’s official launch, and I was very happy to see that early feedback has been...
I feel guilty now .... I just looked up some profiles because I wanted to check on some people's last posts ... and now I feel like I am snooping .... or I have an ulterior motive ..... and members might be wondering why I chose to 'look at them' - only I wasn't ......:eek:
I am very, very...
Apropos of absolutely nothing :D are you all aware that the Talking Point has an ignore list feature? Specifically, if you click on a user name, you are given the option to add that user to your ignore list. From then on you will not see any of that users posts. The procedure is: click on...
How do you get pictures,images put on a post ie when someone is down you send them flowers and chocolates.Thankyou.
Until approx yesterday, threads in the "Support for people with dementia and their carers" board appeared in bold where there were messages I hadn't read, and non-bold otherwise. Now they all appear in bold.
Is this an "improvement" in TP, or have I or my laptop got in a muddle? (I've had a few...
I’m delighted to welcome two new Volunteer Moderators, Izzy and Noorza, to the Talking Point team. Many of you will already know Izzy and Noorza: Izzy has been a forum member for many years and was previously a Volunteer Host, and Noorza has been an active member since she joined...
I know this is ridiculous but I cannot work out how to just quote part of a post in a reply. I have to quote all or nothing!
...........or am I being over-cautious?
Shortly before Christmas I received a phone call form someone with an asian accent, saying they were from Microsoft customer services. I had sent error messages (which I had, my old laptop was constantly freezing), and they were going to rectify the error....
Just bought my first digital camera.Have taken some pictures and uploaded them into my computer,I have tried uploading them onto here but nothing happens.Thankyou,Angela
John (Beechmount) indicated in another thread that he sometimes sees a post where the last word of a line is sometimes duplicated (either on the same line or on the next). I'm trying to track down what the problem might be but it's difficult because I am not seeing the same problem.
I am so hating the segretation.
I dislike that I cannot find my posts.
I loathe the fact that people I have been communicating with are no longer contributing to the carer forum. And that carers are no longer communicating much with the partners' forum.
Who benefits from this?
It is now a month since we told mum she had to stop driving. Licence sent back to DVla and keys removed and car removed. Gp backed us up and gave umma letter as an aide memoire.
We are bombarded daily, at least 5 times a day, with where's my car, woe is me, I might as well be dead, trapped in my...
I think you are the expert.
When I post a message or start a new thread and if I've made a spelling mistake and try to correct it, or go back to add something, Why is it that I have to type the whole thing again, because, the following letter is deleted and then the next and so on?...
You might also check my previous notes
Below, page 1 of the new notes
Hi, when I have read something in a post and I want to include it in a reply, how do I do that, please?
Might it be worth while putting a report triangle on blogs as well as threads, I know this is one for the moderators but I thought I'd raise it for your next housekeeping ideas meeting.
With kind regards from Jo
Has the layout of TP been changed recently
I definately dont like what I see on my screen now, as their is loads of glare
the other sites I go on have not changed
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