1. jan.

    jan. Registered User

    Apr 19, 2006
    405
    Cheshire, UK.
    I do hope you all enjoy the programme. Unfortunately i won`t be around myself to watch it, as dad is going into respite on Saturday and my husband and i are off to Malta (never been) on our own!!! The first time in 30 years, always had family etc tagging along. So it`s going to be really strange......just the 2 of us! Hope we can still converse.....! When dads here he usually answers for my hubby ,so we don`t get chance to talk on our own unless we retreat to our bedroom, which happens more frequently now.

    Anyway, i hope you`ll all let me know if it was a good account of A.D???

    Love and Light,

    Jan. X
     
  2. dmc

    dmc Registered User

    Mar 13, 2006
    1,157
    hi jan
    just wanted to wish you a "happy holiday" sounds like you deserve it, 30 years wow, mums first holiday was in malta she loved the blue grotto.
    hope you have a wonderfull time:)
     
  3. jan.

    jan. Registered User

    Apr 19, 2006
    405
    Cheshire, UK.
    Holiday!

    Hi Donna,

    thanks for "Happy Holiday" wishes. I`m really looking forward to it now......having spent most of today feeling guilty , `cos i`m leaving dad with strangers, whilst i`m away! I know when i come back, he`ll put me straight on a guilt trip for leaving him " in this place."
    I`ve had 2 good days with dad, but today he`s gone back again, in fact he seemed slightly worse, he was talking as though he was drunk.....excuse the punn, as dad is alchoholic as well anyway. I thought it might be his anxieties about respite?

    Anyway Donna, where abouts is the blue grotto in Malta? It might be worth taking a mosey at whilst we`re there.

    Grief.....hope dad will be ok, it seems a long time to leave him!! I`m so used to him being with me, in fact i`m just used to having all the family with me! I`m not used to letting go.

    Didn`t realise it would be so tiring getting all the stuff together that he`ll need whilst i`m away....AND i forgot to get extra incontinence pads in, thankfully the Dr. sent the district nurse round with some. I have to buy them at the moment and didn`t realise how expensive they were. Dad is being reassessed whilst in respite, so hopefully he`ll have an incontinence nurse after that.

    Anyway.......i ALWAYS get sidetracked, i just wanted to say "Thanks" for the good wishes Donna.

    Love and light,

    Jan.X
     
  4. dmc

    dmc Registered User

    Mar 13, 2006
    1,157
    blue grotto

    hi jan

    thanks for reply, just hope the guilt monster goes on another holiday while your in malta:D

    if i remember correctly, the blue grotto is a cave and you take a boat trip to get there they probably have excursions, but the sea is so blue hence the name!
    my mum couldnt stop talking about it when she got back, they also went to popeyes island where the film popeye was made, i think it was robin williams? who played popeye, and they actually built the film set there.
    good luck with the packing:eek:

    youve earned this break enjoy it xx
     
  5. Sandy

    Sandy Registered User

    Mar 23, 2005
    6,847
    BBC1 One Life Programme

    Thanks again to Jan for the advance notice of the programme due to be shown on BBC 1 on Tuesday 9 May.

    There is a bit more about this, including the feelings of her daughter, on the BBC News web site:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4965346.stm

    Take care,

    Sandy
     
  6. shauny

    shauny Registered User

    Oct 27, 2005
    57
    north-east england
    Media

    Hi Scott im a social worker working with people who have alzheimers and there families if they have them. I think the media does not really represent the issue of alzheimers accurately.I am a admirer of this forum but have only posted once before.I think it comes down to programme writers and i feel they should use the experiences of people who post here after all they are the experts.I just advise my clients on courses of actions they should take purely on a individual basis.
     
  7. ScottOnTheSpot

    ScottOnTheSpot Registered User

    May 1, 2006
    10
    Thanks for all your help!

    I'll make sure I watch that programme tonight before I finish up my essay, which needs to be handed in tomorrow.

    Thanks again for all your help and comments, and Jan, have fun in Malta!
     
  8. dmc

    dmc Registered User

    Mar 13, 2006
    1,157
    good luck

    good luck with the essay scott
     
  9. ScottOnTheSpot

    ScottOnTheSpot Registered User

    May 1, 2006
    10
    Yay! All Done!

    Essay's finished and ready to hand in on Thursday next week :D Thanks for all your help, guys: I based nearly the whole essay on this thread!
     
  10. Jodie Lucas

    Jodie Lucas Registered User

    Dec 3, 2005
    57
    Eastbourne
    alzheimers and the media

    Hi Scott

    Congrats on finishing your essay, i'm sure it is an interesting read (as will mine be, hopefully).

    Good luck with rest of your assessments.

    Jodie
     
  11. pembie

    pembie Registered User

    Mar 4, 2006
    16
    South Wales
    Don't forget the Archers

    I'm not a soap watcher, myself, but an Archers Addict! Their story line on Alzheimer's involves Jack Woolley (PWD) and his wife Peggy. Both the actors have had experience of a close relative with AD. This story line started, I think, in autumn 2005 and is still running, though not as much now as in the earlier months. I think they are doing a reasonably good job.

    Even the documentaries don't always tell it like it is. Some years back BBC2 did a series based on the OPTIMA project at Oxford. It was very interesting, but I was amazed that all the subjects shown had died within a year or two of apparently early diagnosis. Met someone later who explained that these people had been selected because of their early deaths to fit the programme length - or something like that.

    There was a very moving portrayal of early onset dementia in a feature film about 20 years ago. Sorry, I can't remember the name of the film, and the name of the actress portraying a University English professor developing dementia is on the tip of my tongue but won't come out! Was it Raymond Massey who played her husband? This was well before it was known that Iris Murdoch had AD.

    And of course more recently there has been "Iris", that was on general release rather briefly.

    (re wheelchairs - Crossroads may have been the earliest and the Crossroads support scheme was named after it.)

    Hope I haven't rabitted on too long.
     
  12. Yep - an excellent film.

    I'm still trying to find "Thanmathra" - an Indian film regarding a family who's dad has AD - from what I can gather it's a film about a man's life and issues, but he also happens to have AD rather than one that focusses on the illness.

    Here's a bit of info I found:

    Thanmathra (Malayalam:Molecule) (2005) is a Malayalam film directed by Blessy which deals with the effects of Alzheimer's disease on the life of a person. The film bagged five Kerala state film awards for the Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay and a special mention for debutant actor Arjun Lal. The title of the film is derived from the analogy of the protagonist's small and alienated role in the society to that of a molecule in a substance.


    160 mins. long - and as far as I'm aware, not available in the U.K. - becase when it is, I'll be wanting it.

    Anyone hears of anything re this, please let me know.

    :)

    N.

    P.S. Nice to meet you by the way Pembie.

    :)
     
  13. pembie

    pembie Registered User

    Mar 4, 2006
    16
    South Wales
     

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