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'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
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...
My dad has Alzheimer's and is staying with us for a while as mum has been in hospital.he has recently started having a shower or shave at 2 or 3am. He has an illuminated clock, a night light etc. I put him back to bed but he seems to have no concept of it being the middle of the night.
I have been reading a lot of the posts about the memory clinic but still not sure what to expect or how to handle it. My 88-year old mum has been referred by her GP after an appointment where he did a quick test. (I initiated the appointment and had a telephone discussion with him...
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...
Hi..am new to the site, but thought I would join to chat and share problems as I am the main carer looking after my mum.
Mum has mixed dementia and I would say its in the low to medium stage at the moment.
What I would like advice on is my wonderful husband and I would like to go on holiday this...
Trying to keep this concise, as I wrote a huge novella which my rubbish rural broadband connection lost as I clicked 'post' Aggghhh!
Thank you everyone for sharing so much and for all the useful information and support.
Mother in Law and Father in Law both have dementia and they are moving to...
Its been a difficult few days and I'm feeling quite low again.
We had the letter from the consultant, the MRI showed mild atrophic changes with mild small vessel ischaemic disease. She has given diagnosis as 'forgetful - probably secondary to vascular disease'. Says she is reluctant...
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Hello again everyone, at last some good news! We had a phone call from the consultant in response to my notes and letter. She said she respected my concerns about my husband and suggested she sees us again in 6-9 months. She asked me to continue making notes and send them to her in advance of the...
My name is Cathy, I am in the early phase of dementia. I enjoy walking and I am physically fit. I am a retired journalist, now living a more quiet life and hoping to meet new friends.
I would very much like meet people who are also interested in walking and perhaps other activities.
I've just joined as I have so many questions. My mother has Alzheimer's and my father currently is also not well. Dad is seriously stressed over having his money taken away to pay for Mums care instead of leaving it to us, that he is making himself ill. The whole thing is so stressful and looks...
:( Our lad who lives 200 yds away has an elderly neighbour lives with his wife . The gentleman in his 70's has developed mental issues over the past 2 yrs. Our lad and his partner have had to put up with continuous knocking on their door any time of night, he has no recollection of these...
Thanks for all your advice. I have written down my concerns and my recent diary. Just to be sure I also asked my daughter to read it. We both feel it sounds really bad when you write it all down. I don't know now how I'm going to feel on the day and whether I will be able to go through with it. I...
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