1. Expert Q&A: Benefits - Weds 23 October, 3-4pm

    Our next expert Q&A will be on the topic of benefits. It will be hosted by Lauren from our Knowledge Services team. She'll be answering your questions on Wednesday 23 October between 3-4pm.

    You can either post your question >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll be happy to ask them on your behalf.

  1. Kira

    Kira Registered User

    Dec 31, 2015
    6
    Hi, I´m from Germany and I work with Alzheimer-Patients since some years.

    I'm always interested to talk with other persons about dementia. So I found this forum. My english is not the best, but I´ll try. The grammar and I ... we are not the best friends.

    I´m not a nurse, I´m something like a companion. I have the possibility to spend more time with the patients than the nurses … I talk to them, go for a walk, read a book, sing old songs … or just hold the hand without a word.

    Sometimes I have luck and we find a little moment of their memories. And in these moments I get the best result for my work ... a smile.

    These moments are so important because they get the feeling everything is alright.

    It's okay to eat the food with the fingers. It´s okay to ask the same questions and forget the answers.

    It´s okay to be in their own world.

    Maybe it makes no sense what they are doing … for us. But behind it all is a sense. But if we try to see through the eyes of people with dementia, one can understand, what the reason is for their acting.

    I know, it is not easy. But living with dementia is not the end, it is another beginning.

    ***
    All my best wishes to the new year !
     
  2. Sue J

    Sue J Registered User

    Dec 9, 2009
    8,041
    Guten Sylvesterabend Kira wilkommen an TP:)

    There's my bit of German! Good to hear your experiences, will look out for your posts
    Best wishes
    Sue:)
     
  3. Cat27

    Cat27 Volunteer Moderator

    Feb 27, 2015
    10,215
    Merseyside
    Welcome to TP :)
     
  4. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
    59,593
    Female
    Dundee
    Welcome and happy new year!


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  5. Kevinl

    Kevinl Registered User

    Aug 24, 2013
    4,783
    Salford
    "Gesundes neues Jahr" according to google, whatever, happy new year and welcome to TP. Like you say "It´s okay to be in their own world" you have to join in their world, they can't join us in ours.
    K
     
  6. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,714
    Female
    London
    Und einen guten Rutsch! (Well, if you're all getting your German out...) :D
     
  7. chick1962

    chick1962 Registered User

    Apr 3, 2014
    11,280
    Female
    near Folkestone
    Auch von mir :) Guten Rutsch und herzlich willkommen xx


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  8. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    69,583
    Kent
    Happy New Year and Welcome to Talking Point. :)
     
  9. nae sporran

    nae sporran Volunteer Host

    Oct 29, 2014
    5,920
    Male
    Bristol
    Guten morgan und prosit neu jahr. Willkommen zu TP.
     
  10. Kira

    Kira Registered User

    Dec 31, 2015
    6
    Thank you for the welcome! :)

    Happy New Year ! Gesundes Neues Jahr !
     

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