1. Expert Q&A: Living well as a carer - Thurs 29 August, 3-4pm

    As a carer for a person living with dementia, the needs of the person you care for will often come before your own. You may experience a range of difficult emotions and you may not have the time to do all the things you need to do. Caring can have a big impact on both your mental and physical health, as well as your overall wellbeing.

    Angelo, our Knowledge Officer (Wellbeing) is our expert on this topic. He will be here to answer your questions on Thursday 29 August between 3-4pm.

    You can either post questions >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll answer as many as we can on the day.

  1. janey

    janey Registered User

    Jun 29, 2004
    86
    Hi everyone
    Tony Robinson, whose mother had Alzheimers, has made a programme about their experiences called 'Me and My Mum'. Its going to be shown on Channel 4 at 9pm on Monday 27th March.
     
  2. Many thanks for the info - I'll try to watch it.

    :)

    N.
     
  3. daughter

    daughter Registered User

    Mar 16, 2005
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  4. Norman

    Norman Registered User

    Oct 9, 2003
    4,348
    Birmingham Hades
    Hazel and Neil
    thank you for those links,we should all log onto them and pose some questions for Tony who is a member of the labour party executive.
    I have placed my questions
    Norman
     

  5. I didn't - but I have seen it now - many thanks for that - an interesting and insightful interview.

    As to questions... I've asked him some, but not from a 'political angle' - although I'm sure he'll receive many... I asked some info re: using humour as a therapy and coping strategy (as you know I'm a BIG promoter of humour therapy) - if he answers you'll see exactly what I'm on about.

    :)

    N.
     
  6. P.S. Have you noticed - the first link I sent is called "Talking Point"?

    Strange... I've heard that name somewhere else(!)

    :D

    N.
     

  7. As to that... I've just checked - he's answered me!

    :)

    Here's the info:

    I asked:

    "I work in healthcare (and will shortly become a qualified nurse on a Dementia Assessment Unit) and I'm a big advocate of "humour and laughter therapy". As a comedian yourself, may I ask do you find using humour and laughter can help with caring? I have shared many a joke with patients and feel that it has excellent therapeutic value.

    Neil Baxter, Bolton"


    And this is the reply:

    "Yes I do. I have never thought that laughter was the opposite of seriousness. The opposite of seriousness is triviality which is a completely different matter. During the course of my film, we had a lot of laughs and I’m not embarrassed about that. It’s one of the ways we recognize the humanity in each other."

    Interesting reply and very well put I reckon.

    One flaw though... it's got me down as BOLTON!!!

    Must be because we have a Bolton postcode... but I'm still closer to Wigan than Bolton!

    His replies are all worth reading... he seems to be a chap that obviously cares - we could do with more like him!

    Here's the link again so you can see all his replies... it saves you having to scroll back if yer lazy like me:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,616-2090942,00.html


    :)

    N.
     
  8. Linda Mc

    Linda Mc Registered User

    Jul 3, 2005
    1,881
    Nr Mold
    Can't get Channel 4 only S4C anyone know if they are showing it too?

    Linda
     
  9. Seems not I'm afraid... the prog. on there for 9 p.m. Monday is 'CEFN GWLAD - BOIS DANYRHEOL'

    Maybe someone could access it for you on Cable/Satellite and tape it?

    Just a thought - because I know on our Cable t.v. we can get BBC Scotland/Wales etc - maybe you can get C4 down there?

    N.
     
  10. janey

    janey Registered User

    Jun 29, 2004
    86
    Laughter:D and smiles:) (and cuddles) are the things that my Mum and I can still share (she has advanced vascular dementia), so for us they are incredibly important. And the laughter usually isn't about anything in particular - most importantly its our means of connecting with each other, so I treasure it.
     
  11. Thank you for sharing that Janey... Laughter Therapy is something I am hugely interested in - hence the question I posed.

    It's one of the universal forms of communication and has such immense therapeutiv value when applied appropriately.

    Yje thing you say about the laughter not being about anything in particular - I love anything like that... laughter just being spontaneous without any logic or reason!

    Anyhow... I'll leave it for now - I'm going off at a tangent.

    Looking forward to the documentary on Monday!

    Best wishes once again Janey to both you and your Mum!

    :)

    N.
     
  12. janey

    janey Registered User

    Jun 29, 2004
    86
    Hi Dearth
    Just been reading about you and your new job in another thread - I want to add my congratulations to all the others! Its so heartening to read about your genuine interest and enthusiasm for dementia care and your intention to work to improve things - you are a special person for both sufferers and us relatives. Please don't let the NHS grind you down!
    Best wishes,
     
  13. Many thanks for your kind words... believe me they are VERY much appreciated...

    I hae battled to do a job specifically in Dementia Care... although as a Mental Health Nurse, I was aware that I might've ended up working in another area.

    It paid off - I gave a good interview etc. because of my enthusiasm.

    That's why I'm looking forward to the prog. on Monday... it's rare you see stuff re: Dementia on television (the exception now of course being the recent Coronation Street storyline).

    Hopefully this will get a good number of viewers interested, and more t.v. progs. could be on the way.

    Who knows? There may be a documentary about Younger People with dementia coming next - that is something I would very much like to see.

    :)

    N.
     
  14. Linda Mc

    Linda Mc Registered User

    Jul 3, 2005
    1,881
    Nr Mold
    S4C update

    I found out this morning that S4C are showing the programmes but much later on the same evenings


    Me & My Mum
    Channel S4C 27 March 11.05 pm -12.05am

    Adopt a Grandad
    Channel S4C 28 March 11.30pm-12.30am

    Adopt a Granny
    Channels S4C 29 March 12 midnight -1am

    Stairlift to Heaven
    Channel S4C 30 March 12.35am-1.35am,


    Won't be up that late but at least can record them.

    Thank you Lynne for offering to record them for me.:)

    Linda
     
  15. noelphobic

    noelphobic Registered User

    Feb 24, 2006
    3,452
    Liverpool
    I tried this link the other day and couldn't get it to work. However, someone on the age concern list just posted it and it did work. My question is on there also, fame at last! :D I'm Brenda from Liverpool by the way. I'll post the link I used just in case there is a difference

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,616-2090942,00.html
     
  16. Great stuff Brenda... if I give you my autograph - can I have yours? :D


    By the way - great news as to the S4C thing... I obviously didn't look properly - apologies folks!

    As far as I am aware though, it's not being repeated on E4 or MORE4... but if I find that changes I'll let you know

    :)

    N.
     

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