Saturday, 29 August 2015

dementially-speaking #1, 29th August 2015

dementia...... no laughing matter... although some of the things those with the disease can do sometimes is hilarious...... luckily there are times when laughter does come into this equation..... like at a dementia home for the elderly I visited recently to find two 'inmates' behaving like naughty children having 'escaped' to sit on a wall behind a hedge just outside the main gate to have a gossip about... well, who knows...... they were happy......... dementia..... scares the crap out of people... yet despite its prevalence, its usually irreversible nature of it and immeasurable impact on a sufferer and all those around them there are still care homes being closed and declining resources to the point it's as though it's regarded as a luxury!...... all in the name of "expediency" and "cut-backs"...... isn't this what we should spend money on, looking after ourselves?........ all such decisions made by people, like with most things, with no direct experience or even contact with the issue at hand........ same goes for those who seem to think the selling off of school playing fields to developers, or closing swimming pools and leisure centres (which should be called 'community health and fitness centres' to give them their due), public toilets, or selling off public transport, or even want the whole of the national health system privatised!.... all decisions made by those with no understanding of them.......... when you truly see, and more pertinently, are personally involved with a relative or friend with progressive dementia, if you ever had any doubts over the validity of community care support for such things they'd soon vanish........ we're all vulnerable to it........ ..... and it's complicated too..... it can even be a temporary state...... after all, it's simply a lessening of mental ability and functioning....... but it's not 'simple', as anyone affected knows, and is all too often far from short-term......

1 comment:

Robert Greig said...

many, many thanks to everyone who came to read.... I will be writing more on this soon in another daily blog, thanks again~~~