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:
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!
Welcome to the second Video Blog with Tommy. After your great reactions and feedback, we decided to post these weekly now! This time, we asked Tommy what he would advise someone to do after being diagnosed with dementia.
Have a look at what he said:
We spoke to a lot of counselors and have done a countless amount of reading, but none of the pieces of advice out there have really been so personal. We definitely believe that this approach is essential in this difficult and emotional time. Getting into this mindset and knowing what the essential things are should be the first thing to do, before taking any other steps.
It is nevertheless great that there are many good resources out there that can give you advice and information about dementia and the resulting "new normal". Also tips about treatment, medication and support are crucial. Some of our favorite resources are:
Alzheimer's Society - After a diagnosis
NHS - What to do after you've been diagnosed with dementia
Alzheimer's Association - Just diagnosed
A big "Thank You" to Tommy for speaking with us again. What would be/was the first step after a diagnosis for you?
Share it with us in the comments section!
The next video will be posted in a week, until then, we hope you are enjoying your MindMate App!