I am attending a conference on Dementia Care. It’s a great meeting with loads of energy.
Most compelling anecdote of the day: A woman who cared for her husband throughout his 16 year journey through Alzheimers told how a nurse had advised her daughter-in-law that she should not bring her newborn baby to see his grandfather because the grandfather had dementia and might “hurt the baby.” This, of course, frightened the young mother and caused much pain in the family. She relented and introduced grandson to grandfather only after three years had passed.
I pass this story on because it makes the point that even though the field of aging services has come far in understanding dementia. Many medical, nursing and social work professionals remain ill-informed about these issues. This family was injured by bad advice given by a pediatric nurse. We all have much work to do.
This is a photo taken outside the street where I am staying.
* Sorry folks but I just could not resist this as a blog post title.