Everyone knows that our lives would just be half as much fun without friends. Some friendships last forever; others just aren’t destined to survive longer than a year. Being confronted with dementia can often take a big toll on friendships, not only for the person with dementia but also for the caregiver. Tommy Whitelaw spoke to us about why friendship is important to him and what he learned while caring for his mum.
Thank you, Tommy, for speaking with us and being our friend! We agree: Friendships are incredibly important!
What have your experiences with dementia and friendships been like? Why are friendships important to you? Leave us a comment!
We also would like to use this blog post to thank our friends and families who supported us through the whole MindMate journey! We are very grateful.
The Music section in MindMate is one of the most popular areas of our app. Two of our previous blog posts (1 & 2) have been about this topic and we are happy that Tommy spoke to us about it in the video blog series. Watch the video to see why he thinks that music has an incredible part to play in dementia.
We don’t have much to add to this, as Tommy absolutely spoke from our hearts as well. Music is truly powerful!
What are your experiences with music and what is your favorite song? We also would love to get feedback for MindMate’s music feature! Let us know what you think in the comment section.
We hope you all had a lovely weekend and a good Monday!
This week’s video blog post deals with a very important topic in the field of dementia. People with dementia may sometimes behave aggressively, either physically or verbally, and this can be very stressful for the person and for their caregivers. Although people with dementia have the same needs as everyone they may be unable to recognise their needs. They often don’t know how to meet these needs or even communicate them to others. This is clearly frustrating and can lead to angry behaviour. It is essential for caregivers to try to understand the reasons behind this behaviour although it might be hard sometimes.
Tommy also experienced situations like that while caring for his mum. Watch the video to find out how he dealt with it:
Although it is a very difficult situation for the caregiver, it should not be forgotten that the person with dementia is having a hard time as well. There are ways of reacting to challenging situations like this:
by Gabriela Matic
If you type “Why technology…” into google, the first search suggestion that comes up is “Why technology is bad”. Funnily enough … The same happens if you google alcohol or drugs. If you consider that and the fact that iPads and Apps are a rather new thing (the first iPads and tablets were released in 2010) it doesn’t come as a surprise that especially older generations are not the biggest fans of some of the “fancy” new gadgets.
One of our previous blog posts already touched on the subject of loneliness. Back then, we focused on the issue of people with dementia and elderly people being lonely. It is no surprise that loneliness is an equally big problem for caregivers. We asked Tommy about why this topic is so important and what can be done to help with loneliness.
Last week we heard about some of the positive takeaways Tommy had while caring for his Mum. This week we wanted to hear about his struggles and problems. A lot of you will definitely relate and we would love to read your comments about what the hardest part for you is or was. Are you asking for help? Watch Tommy tell us about his experiences:
We especially liked the end of his answer. It’s quite impressive how Tommy always finds a way to look on the bright side and already starts looking at solutions for the challenges ahead.
Loneliness and isolation seem to be big issues which is why next week’s Video Blog will be all about that.
Have a great week everyone!
We hope you had a great weekend and spent it with the people who matter to you most. Yesterday’s motto clearly showed that, as Valentine’s Day is supposed to celebrate love. We believe that love should be celebrated way more often, but we thought that this was the right moment to ask Tommy about the positive experiences he had while caring for his mum Joan.
Watch the video to find out what he said:
What are the things you like about caregiving? Share them with us in the comments section!
The whole MindMate Team wishes you a great week!
In this week’s Video Blog we got personal with Tommy Whitelaw.
We knew that Tommy was running global merchandising operations for the Spice Girls, McFly, Kylie Minogue and U2. What we wanted to know was who he really was compared to who he is today. Caring for his Mum obviously changed a lot but watch the video for yourself to find out more:
Tommy has mentioned something really important here. Recent studies proof that supporting our caregivers is incredibly important. It is a very hard, if not the hardest, job in the world and those people have to be extremely strong. Getting help and taking care of yourself should be promoted more!
Thank you Tommy for being so open and we are looking forward to the next Video Blog!
Are you a caregiver? How has being a caregiver changed you? Comment below!