A voice for Britain’s dementia sufferers:

Discussion in 'Dementia-related news and campaigns' started by jimbo 111, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. jimbo 111

    jimbo 111 Registered User

    Jan 23, 2009
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    A voice for Britain’s dementia sufferers:

    Not to everyone’s liking because it’s in the Guardian
    But an interesting article that will have some relevance to many members
    Jimbo

    Two months ago, Nicci Gerrard wrote about her campaign to allow more visiting time for loved ones with dementia. It provoked a huge response

    Major triumphs often come from small and modest first steps and a cry from the heart. In November, barely eight weeks ago, Nicci Gerrard wrote about her father, a former GP and businessman, John Gerrard. He had suffered from dementia for several years since his mid-70s, before entering hospital in February 2014, aged 86, with leg ulcers. He was admitted, the author and journalist wrote, “strong, mobile, healthy, continent, reasonably articulate and cheerful”. Five weeks later, after an outbreak of norovirus meant his family could see him only infrequently, he emerged “skeletal, incontinent, immobile, incoherent, lost”
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    http://www.theguardian.chttp://www....4/dementia-voice-sufferers-campaign-awareness
     
  2. LYN T

    LYN T Registered User

    Aug 30, 2012
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    Hi Jimbo

    For some reason I can't get on to that link-I will try another browser later. I remember the original article because I'm a Guardian reader;):D
     
  3. PeggySmith

    PeggySmith Registered User

    Apr 16, 2012
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  4. jimbo 111

    jimbo 111 Registered User

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  5. Beate

    Beate Registered User

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    This is quite an encouraging article, thanks for posting.
     
  6. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
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    Thanks for posting that Jimbo. Very interesting.

    Bill and I had the privilege of meeting Joy and Tony Watson at the Alzheimer Europe Conference in Glasgow in October. She was, indeed, an inspiring woman. We happened to sit beside her at one of the presentations and she was one of the presenters at another workshop/seminar. We also sat beside them at the conference dinner. Bill, by then, was exhausted so we didn't make long past the dinner. They were very kind to Bill.
     
  7. stanleypj

    stanleypj Registered User

    Dec 8, 2011
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    Yes, a very interesting article jimbo - thanks for posting. I have an idea that the original article and/or the campaign (to allow family and friends to have access to their loved ones with dementia when they are in hospital) have been mentioned on TP before but I could be imagining that. It's an excellent idea and one that all hospitals should see as a positive for them, as well as their patients.
     
  8. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
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    No you're not imagining that!

    http://forum.alzheimers.org.uk/showthread.php?78670-Johns-campaign
     

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