Ruth, Chair of our Dementia Carers Expert Reference Group, talks about why she got involved in planning the Living well with dementia in Greater Manchester: join us, we need each other event
My name is Ruth and I cared for my husband who was diagnosed with Young Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, a form of dementia.
My reason for getting involved in the event and the planning process is that I want other carers and people living with Dementia to learn more about living well. I will be helping to give a talk on how it is possible to pass away with dignity. I believe the more information you have then you can make plans for the future together.
I became a member then Chair of the Dementia Carers Expert Reference Group, a carers and former carers who are keen to give their lived experience to dementia projects in Greater Manchester.
It is important for us carers to keep active. I used to swim most days but due to the pandemic the pools were closed. I turned to gardening, which is so good for mental health, being a form of mindfulness. Concentrating on the task takes my mind off worries of the day. Getting that weed out or cultivating a certain plant focusses the mind wonderfully.
I also find painting rewarding and is another form of mindfulness as I concentrate the whole time which is a good way to still the mind.
Prior to him going into a nursing home, my husband was able to enjoy the outdoors with me. He was an avid table tennis player, and he was still able to do this activity though unable to do other daily tasks such as reading. His love of music helped us to play music to him during his last weeks which calmed us all too. Knowing the person living with dementia and what they like will help us all to help in their care and support.
I hope you will join the event as we need each other.
Living well with dementia in Greater Manchester: join us, we need each other
Join us for this Greater Manchester event on June 6th 2022 and make sure your voice is heard
This event, led and organised by lived experience colleagues, Dementia United, Alzheimer’s Society and the International Longevity Centre UK plans to undertake a respectful reflection of the adverse impact of the pandemic on people affected by dementia as well as a refocus on recovery looking forward #LivingWellWithDementiaGM
Come along to make sure your voice is heard