Looking Out, From Within

The weather has been atrocious over the past few days. Torrential rain has resulted in me looking out, from within. And, as you can see – the view has been pretty awful.

The time indoors has given me some time to read up a little about dementia – I won’t go into reasons why, but I think most people will know of someone who has been afflicted by this most horrible disease.

While perusing the Internet, I found a great resource for those looking for some help, with an appropriate URL to boot.

Unforgettable.org offers great advice, and has a variety of tools, and gifts available; such as a Personal GPS tracker, Puzzles, Telephones, and more.

I ended up buying a battery powered Companion Puppy from the website. I have seen one of these once before, and can confirm that they are incredibly lifelike. They don’t do much, apart from lay on the floor (or your lap), as if asleep, but with a chest that rises and falls, mimicking breathing.

Animal therapy is known to help those suffering from dementia – and my past experiences say that these animated puppy’s DO work. Don’t take my word for it though, please do read through reviews of those providing feedback. For example:

Hubby is in care with dementia and as the Cavalier looks similar to our own dog, he thinks its real sadly. But it’s of comfort to him. He feeds him biscuits.


Looking Towards Science

Dementia has been dehumanised, because we all fear it. People with the disease are still people and they still have stories and they still have character. They’re all individuals with a story to tell. More needs to be done to help. The upset caused by dementia, to those afflicted, and family alike is heartbreaking.

Hopefully in the very near future, the disease will be conquered by science and consigned to history. Until that cure comes, I’ll look through my rain drenched window and think about creation. This is one small corner of it. The trees and birds and everything else make it up, and I’m part of it. I didn’t ask to be put here, nor did anyone else. But we’ve all been lucky enough to experience the wonder of the world.

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savoured.

Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream. 

Khalil Gibran


  1. I remember when I used to work within doctors surgeries selling advertising to fund the publication of their doctors practice booklets. I would visit various nursing homes to ask if they wanted to advertise within the booklet. In one nursing home a man was sat with his hand on what was obviously a stuffed sheep dog. It gave him comfort and made my heart melt.

    We never know what cards we are going to be dealt in our lifetime, I was told mum had multiple cancers only four weeks ago and that she has weeks to live. Then for further icing on the cake 🧁 I was diagnosed with polycythemia yesterday . But as you say quite rightly we have to enjoy every moment, not looking in front nor looking behind, forever striving to capture that perfect photo of a squirrel 🐿 😉

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    1. I’m sorry to hear of all your troubles Elaine. But yes, try to enjoy whatever hand that has been dealt, and move forward. It’s never easy, but smiling/laughing in the face of adversity does help. I’d rather be happy in misery, than just be miserable. Lol.

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      1. I don’t think of things being troubles anymore it’s not what happens to us it’s how we deal with it and it’s far easier living positively than negatively. Those puppies are adorable, I wouldn’t mind one myself. 😃

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  2. Beautifully written post! I had a grandmother who died of dementia, and her daughter lived with her and took care of her until the end. We would often go and stay with auntie and grandma to help out for a while and visit. Such a painful difficult disease for the people involved!

    In more recent years I spent a lot of time as the caregiver both for family and in small care homes. I realized that many of the people with dementia that I took care of were very content in the moment. I had some wonderful, if a bit disjointed, conversations at times. Others would be stuck in the past and get very distraught at sundown. One women would get agitated, concerned about getting home to help mom get dinner ready. I would tell her that her folks would come later but she could help me get dinner ready for the people there. She would sit and peel potatoes and be content.
    I loved these people so much.


    1. Thanks Darlisa – what you say is very true. Most are content in the moment, and maybe the rest of the world could learn something from that.

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