A voice for Britain’s dementia sufferers:

jimbo 111

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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.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/14/dementia-voice-sufferers-campaign-awarenessom/society/2015/feb/14/dementia-voice-sufferers-campaign-awareness
 

LYN T

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Aug 30, 2012
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Brixham Devon
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.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/14/dementia-voice-sufferers-campaign-awarenessom/society/2015/feb/14/dementia-voice-sufferers-campaign-awareness
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
 

Izzy

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Aug 31, 2003
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Dundee
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.
 

stanleypj

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Dec 8, 2011
10,707
North West
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.