I’m sure we have all by now realised the huge rise in awareness for dementia and the importance of understanding more about it to help loved ones or people in your community deal with the disease.
However I have never heard a more inspirational way of it being said than through the voice of Adele Doherty, during her television talk at Stormont.
Its hard to believe Adele suffered from a fear of public speaking whilst watching her influential speech but I believe the content was so important to her that she allowed her true emotions to shine through. Her speech was directed at her grandmother who had unfortunately passed away, however she fondly joked upon the many times she would have to be called over to look for things her grandmother had lost. Including the one time she lost her teeth causing Adele to spend the whole morning looking for them only to find she had them in her mouth the whole time. These are common signs of a person suffering with dementia but Adele expresses the fact she was not aware of this, as she didn’t have any knowledge of what dementia was.
Her grandmother was later diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and gave a great analogy of how her memories were like a bookshelf, the books nearest the top where her recent memories and the ones nearer the bottom were long-term memories. So when her gran developed Alzheimer’s it was like the bookshelf had been shaken and those books on the top shelf had fallen off.
She then described how she had learnt ways to make caring for her grandmother far easier for the both of them, but wishes she had learnt his sooner. Now she’s doing all she can to get knowledge of dementia out there as she wishes she had more time to spend with her grandmother when knowing how to deal with the disease in far better way.
So I really think it is important that as many people as possible watch this speech as it truly is eye opening to anyone.
Watch it now here – http://ulsterherald.com/2016/12/11/need-know-basics-dementia/