Today is National "What matters to you?" Day. Watch our video with Tommy where he explains what the day is all about!
In our last video blog interview, we asked Tommy about his favourite picture. Pictures can be a powerful way of triggering memories and bringing back emotions. We expected him to name the well-known picture of him and his Mum Joan first, but his answer was much more interesting than that. Watch the video here and find out about Ffion's story:
We met Tommy about a year ago and we are happy and grateful to be able to work so close together with him. In our last interview, we asked him about how he came to work with the ALLIANCE. Irene Oldfather was the one that introduced us to Tommy and we have since then been members and big fans of the ALLIANCE. Watch Tommy's video and find out how everything came together:
As you know, we are huge fans of Tommy and his talks. During our last blog interview sessions, we have asked Tommy if he was planning to go international with his tour. His answer once again showed us, what makes “Tommy on Tour”, the Dementia Carer Voices and the ALLIANCE special. Watch it here:
In this week’s video blog post we asked Tommy about his favourite place in Glasgow. Glasgow has become home for the MindMate Team and we have spent the most time around Glasgow University where also our office is at the moment. We asked Tommy what the first place is that comes to his mind and what memories he connects with it. Watch the video here:
We wish you all a happy Monday and are excited to be able to provide you with a new video blog post we shot with Tommy Whitelaw. The question we asked him was a very simple one and we actually intended it to be more like a warm up. His answer to it has surprised us. It shows how important it is to be grateful and how wonderful it is to find purpose in something you are doing.
Find out what gives Tommy sense of purpose every single day:
Sometimes, when we look back at our lives, we linger on one specific moment or period when we wish we had done things differently. Having to care for someone with dementia can be a stressful situation and we maybe sometimes make decisions we would like to change. The nagging question “What if…? ” won’t leave us alone. We also asked Tommy if there was something that he would do differently today. Watch the video and find out what he said:
Is There a Perfect Environment for People Living with Dementia? - Video Blog Post with Tommy Whitelaw
I have recently watched a documentary about the different kinds of care facilities there are in the world. No matter if we are speaking about the famous fenced-in dementia village in the Netherlands or a small care home with individual carers for each person in Thailand that does not have fences at all; all of them have their advocates and critics.
We spoke to Tommy and asked him what the perfect place for someone with dementia is in his opinion. Watch the video and find out what he said:
What do you think? Do you agree with Tommy? Let us know in the comment section!
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.