Aqib: The call was so valuable and informative. Where we have had competing viewpoints, having an expert to clarify and explain has been so helpful.
Raising awareness of Admiral Nurses
Shahbanu: Ruby gave us some brilliant analogies. She described dementia as a bookcase. The lowest shelves are the heaviest and are your long-term memories and the higher shelves are more recent memories. Alzheimer’s shakes the bookcase, and books from the top shelf tend to fall out first. This helped us understand what Mum was going through and to consider what Mum might need in the future. She grew up speaking Urdu as her first language and so she may revert to this at some stage.
We can’t emphasise enough how helpful this service was for us. The fact that we could both attend the virtual appointment regardless of our location, at a time that suited us, was perfect. It was an important first step and we use Ruby’s analogies every day.
It’s hugely important to us to raise awareness of Admiral Nurses, which is why we decided to take part in this year’s World Alzheimer’s Month campaign with Dementia UK. It’s been privilege to be able to access support from Dementia UK and to help raise awareness of the amazing services they offer.
Aqib: We had such a fantastic experience with our Admiral Nurse. We’re extremely grateful for the support we received and want to give back in any way we can. We’re an aging society and dementia is not going to go away any time soon. Everyone should have support from a dementia specialist to help you through.