Now straight away - controversy - am I laughing at people? Well let's establish this first - NO! I am NOT taking the pee re: someone's distress... no matter how 'silly' it looks to others - I can assure you, I care to much for that... I would NEVER belittle someone's fears and anxieties... So what's it about then? Okay... as you know I was a former Nursing Assistant, an now a Student Nurse and soon to be a Mental Health Nurse (hopefully, depending on qualifying) - so this to me is a thread specifically related to People with dementia and the laughter SHARED between them and others. Here's my observations: One thing I always noticed in dementia care, and also envied, is when the Person with dementia comments on something... often brutally honestly! At first, it took me aback - but then I thought: "I wish I could say what I thought 100% without fear of reprisal" One I remember was a patient I looked after who was obviously a natural comedian - he once said to the Sister: "Here she is... she looks like a film star" "Really?" said she, blushing, "which one?" "Ruddy Jaws!" said he with a mischievous twinkle and wry grin as she walked away! Another regarded a lady who was to have her hair done by the hairdresser: "She's not touching me," said she, "look at her - auld Strawhead there... how can she cut hair when she looks like that, the scruffy mare!" Finally... this ine is down to misinterpretatation more than anything, but to be honest, I was doubled up when I left the ward! I was sat with two patients, Eric and Frank. I had a copy of 'Take A Break' magazine, and was flicking through, when I noticed a photo of two Labrador pups - one Golden, one Black. Now being 'dog crazy' I made numerous comments on these and on my own two beloved dogs... I then showed Frank the photo: "Which do you like best?" I asked. Frank, who couldn't communicate verbally, smiled and pointed at the black one. "And what about you Eric?" I asked. Straight away, Eric pointed at the Golden one and said: "That one... I only ever ate one before but I LOVED IT - talk about juicy?" And he winked at me! The conversation continued, but to this day, I have no idea as to what he thought the photo was (I don't assume he'd eaten a Labrador) - but that doesn't matter to me - we had a good long conversation, enjoyed one another's company... and, I have to say, I laughed like a drain when I got home! SO those are a few things that I found myself to 'lol' at - come on folks - tell your story! N.