Monday, 11 March 2013
To my loyal friends old and new, and all of those who have followed me for the past seven years as there has been no new additions to my website carers-healingspur.co.uk for quite some time and my circumstances have changed and most that is on my website carers-healingspur.co.uk is now old news apart from useful links. For the time being from now on I will occasionally only continue with my blog Lifes-mosaics where I will occasionally transfer and repeat some things from carers-healingspur together with new additions as they occur, and endeavour to cheer everyone up during difficult times in the UK and worldwide. Most things that are mentioned on my website have now already come to pass and although the future still looks bleak for a multitude at least people are now more aware and realising that changes for the better must occur, it is worth it for all those who are suffering to stand firm together and work hard by keeping faith to achieve what is right then those in power and otherwise who do evil things will find themselves outnumbered, it is time to smile, continue to persevere with love and kindness to each other. Look upward to the stars and trust the Divine. Barnaby is not Worried Animals are amazing their instincts and tactics for survival teach us much, we are animals with choice and higher intelligence. Dogs are wonderful faithful companions who see and trust us as gods while they are here. They and other animals and creatures are wonderful therapy too. Barnaby a Chihuahua is an elderly senior now sadly in ill health and has been a therapy dog for 10yrs with no status or accolades, he has put a smile on countless people’s and children’s faces and sends the same to you today.
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Years ago families were much closer than they are today and because of the many changes in society over decades the extended family is no longer as close together as they used to be. We are again on the brink of change because there has to be if the care that was so freely given when times were hard in days gone by is to flourish again and bring us the cherished love and steadfastness that every family needs. It is becoming more commonplace every day to hear about the loneliness of millions of people deserted and alone particularly the elderly who do understand the difficulties that are being heaped upon their children and grandchildren in the world today, it is sad and harrowing to read the article in the link below and is surely a warning for everyone to search their hearts and make every effort to see that any future generation does not have the same experience of feeling they are abandoned because they grow old, or for any other reason. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2269846/I-adore-grandchildren-Im-just-old-bat-year-A-grandmothers-heart-strike-chord-millions.html Things are slowly changing for the better as there are still people who care and are trying their best to do something about it. The charity YouthNet showed that loneliness crosses generations. Two charities YouthNet and Age UK are joining forces in order to bring older and younger people together and they are raising cash for a new service in which young volunteers will help isolated people learn how to use the internet. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2269337/The-grandparents-rarely-grandchildren-One-sees-relatives-month-less.html
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Those who read my website carers-healingspur.co.uk will know that for the past seven years my husband was diagnosed with dementia and was treated as a dementia patient also by me. Now his diagnosis has been changed and we are informed that he does not have dementia and has never had it he has not regressed over this period of time and has also passed his dementia tests. His new diagnosis is that his behaviour has been due to a minor stroke he had years ago causing Mild Cognitive Impairment, there is no evidence of when this stroke occurred but I can say it has been evident to me for many years but got worse as he aged. Because of his dementia diagnosis and the extremely difficult circumstances it caused for me at home for almost seven years he attended a day centre 3 days a week for those with dementia problems during which time he conveniently would occasionally accept he had dementia problems and other times would not. I suspect spending so much time with dementia patients he acquired many of the symptoms they had. I asked social workers several times if a place could be found at a different day centre where he could be encouraged to get a better sense of achievement but there was never a place available. I must add that the cost of his day centre increased over the years which was very difficult as although he had his small allowance, I have never had a carers allowance, the amount paid became up to £200 plus every ten days or so inclusive of his lifts there and back. Now because of his new diagnosis he is no longer eligible to go to a dementia day care centre and has at last been found a more suitable place 2 days a week at much less cost, one run by Age UK who I thank so much, and the other run by volunteers to whom I am very grateful indeed, the total cost now under £20 per week enabling me to proceed with an extension for a toilet, shower, and much needed facilities due to my husband’s incontinence and physical health, and my own health which has deteriorated over these years. My husband is slowly trying to improve his behaviour in some ways but sometimes finds it very difficult. After having spent seven years with dementia patients I believe some of his behaviour is habit, he has always said conveniently at times to those around him that he had dementia and at other times that he did not, no wonder he was confused. Socially he is the most likeable man anyone could meet, but people should bear in mind what happens behind closed doors is not always seen or known. Mild Cognitive Behaviour- M.C.I Not a lot is known about M.C.I and it is better to read about it on the link I publish below after reading this. MCI affects everyone who has it, individually and in different ways, thousands who have it never know it and work successfully and lead normal lives, because it affects the frontal lobes of the brain it does affect personality and can cause them to behave in an unusual manner it depends how severe it is. I would not describe some of my husband’s behaviour as mild by any means. M.C.I can over the years lead to Alzheimer’s disease but not necessarily so. There are many living with a partner or a family member who may recognise this condition and not understood it, and I believe it to possibly be the cause of many divorces, it is a little understood condition and there is much work to be done in understanding it and little treatment and help specially at this time of government cut backs. If anyone is living with someone with Mild Cognitive Impairment I will be pleased to hear from them, there are forums for Dementia but I see none for M.C.I I will be grateful for any information about it. I will continue to care for my husband’s physical health to the best of my ability, as with anyone I can only help him with his Mild Cognitive Impairment if he chooses to help himself using the choices he can still make. This new year promises to be a very busy year for me as I endeavour to make our home as comfortable and as secure with the facilities needed in order to keep my husband who is 89 yrs old this year out of hospital, or a care home, and provide the same for myself in my advancing years so we can both hopefully approach the end of our lives with dignity. Any other avenue seems to be less likely due to government cut backs, an inadequate health service, and the growth of a less caring society over the last decades. I will keep the history on carers-healingspur.co.uk and Lifes-mosaics blog, and Pals message board for a while till hopefully I can find the time to begin a new and interesting website for all, for now I wish you all Love, blessings, good health and strength in 2013 M.C.I- link http://alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=120 Age UK http://www.ageuk.org.uk/