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...
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.
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 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...
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...
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...
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:
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...
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...
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...
Hello Everybody , For what ever reason ( finger control on keypad ? ) have all ways had a problem with quotes ! However with the new T P Make Over :):) & the new respond to member button quotes are a lot easier :) to do ! The only problem is ...
Hello! i had to re register asi have a new laptop and isp!
I usually like to try and welcome as many new members as I can to the forum, because I received such a lovely, warm welcome myself when I joined, and it's been a lifeline for me.
But lately I've had some ups and downs and haven't been posting quite so much so I think I've missed quite a few...
Longer-standing Talking Point users will know that for the last few years, we have carried out a survey about the forum. It’s that time again. :)
Our annual survey is a key way for us to keep track of how we’re doing. The more feedback we have from you about your experience of using Talking...
New member with his mum
Hi to all, my step father passed away on the 21st October 2013 and from that day my 74 year old mum moved in with us.
She has mild dementia. I'm lucky that my daughter has moved out and we have a free room. Also extremely fortunate to have an amazing wife to take this on....
Just wanted to pop in and introduce myself to the forum. Having used forums before (albeit wedding forums!) I know how supportive they can be.
I find myself here for my granddad. Who is and always has been the head and 'Godfather' of our family, full of stories and laughter. Coming from a caring...
I'm really pleased to announce that jaymor and stanleypj are new members of our Volunteer Host team!
Many of you will know jaymor and stanleypj - they've been active members of Talking Point and have helped to welcome and support other members.
Our Volunteer Hosts and...
I ve been watching for a while , but get so emotional for myself and everyone on this site that I can't say too much. Logged on to reply to someone.
Hi. I have been talking to a lady whose husband has vascular dementia. She is struggling to cope and needs someone to talk to. Unfortunately she can't get to the local groups as she can't get someone to look after her husband or take him with her. Are there any helplines she can ring in confidence...
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 have finally plucked up the courage to join.Reading all the posts has been extremely informative. It has helped me cope with things already.
My Mother is in the process of being diagnosed. We have been to the Memory Clinic and she has had a brain scan. We are awaiting the results. ...
Morning all, Im new to talking point so just thought I'd introduce myself, I'm a CPN in elderly team working with all dementia types, main reason for joining was to get a feel for the app and hopefully introduce those I work with to it as an extra support network
Hello I am a new member, my mum has dementis and is in a home and is very happy there. It has been a few hard years, but st leadt I know she is being well cared for.
When I go to the discussion page, I do not get a post new threat option?
I have been trying to search for previous posts on a new medication Mum has been put on. In both basic and advanced search it takes for ever and the only result I seem to get is an error message saying Files too large to load.
Is this a known temporary blip?
PS - doing search on an...
Hi i have been using this site a few times and its a life line. now i am having difficulty with my password and finding my way round the site, everything i try to do on here is really difficult for me. it has took me from yesterday morning to get back on because i forgot my password which i did...
This Talking Point clock is an hour wrong. I did a double take. Have the clocks gone back? Have I misread the time? Am I confused! :confused:
Regards and a big thank you:) for those who moderate Talking Point
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 once accidentally managed to view an index of all members, if I remember correctly, but now have no idea how I got there.
Could someone please point me in the right direction?
This is just to let you know about a few small amendments we’ve made to Talking Point, in response to feedback from users following the updates this summer.
The key changes we’ve made are:
• We’ve added the Alzheimer’s Society factsheets list as a separate item in the...
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