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...
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...
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 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
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...
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...
We've produced a quick guide 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...
Please can you tell me how to use these message icons? I have tried, but they never seem to work. I'm obviously missing the salient point, as per usual.
First thing is that you need to have a picture on your computer that you can use.
I'm assuming here that you are using a picture of yourself. If not, then you need to think about the copyright of any picture you may wish to use and that you shouldn't just take steal] images from random websites,...
I am continually adding new tutorials to the Talking Point microsite and it may not always be obvious when I have added a new one.
I will use this thread to let members know.
Please be aware that at present there is some jiggery pokery needed on the tutorials to make them print sensibly. I...
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...
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...
Does anyone know?
If you ever find that you are NOT seeing all of your posts or only see a few messages then you may find this tip useful. I came across this issue as I only saw a few posts and then noticed that the default for this setting is only 30 days.
There is a setting at the bottom of the page...
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...
Has TP ever considered implementing a chat room? or is that too hard because u'd need full time administrators?
I just thought wouldn't it be great if u could get online and just chat in those moments when things are suddenly tough and u want to talk to someone?
I know we can post here, but...
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!
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 is not strictly a TP problem although of course it is affecting the emails I receive of threads I am subscribed to. If anyone computer savvy can advise me I would be grateful.
Didn't get online till late last night and discovered most if my Inbox emails had disappeared. A great many there...
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.
You might also check my previous notes
Below, page 1 of the new notes
If you want to display the address of a web site in a message you post on Talking Point, have a look at the atached document.
Please note that when you have Copied the link, make sure you Paste it straight away as described.
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...
Here is some hastily prepared preliminary documentation - unfinished as yet, but giving, hopefully, the bones of using more than one quote.
Here is page 1
I am new to this forum and this is my first post, so please excuse me as I try to ask my questions without going on too much.... My mum is in a nursing home where she has been for the last 4 years after having a stroke. She has vascular dementia and now cannot talk, walk, is incontinent, has to be...
I've been searching the site for a way to unsubscribe, thanks for all your support but it's time to go so I would like to delete my posts and 'unsubscribe' I dont know who I should ask so if one of the moderators would be in touch I would be grateful.
I have some precious photos of my mum on my mobile (taken when she wasn't looking as she doesn't like having her photo taken). I would like to transfer them to my PC or even to another mobile. I have a USB cable and have connected PC to mobile using this but it won't send. I am a techno dinosaur.
Over the next couple of months I hope to start putting together some tutorials to guide users around the features on the Talking Point forum.
These tutorials will be aimed at you!
Why am I doing this?
The help file that comes with the forum software...
Use this control to limit the display of threads to those newer than the specified time frame.
Allows you to choose the data by which the thread list will be sorted.
Order threads in...
Note: when sorting by date, 'descending order' will show the newest results first.