Dementia Friends Champions Sheila Goodall delivered a Session for her husband who put his learning to good use. Sheila tells us the full story:
‘I am a Dementia Friends Champion, and my husband attended my first Dementia Friends Information Session some time ago now. Yesterday he went to our local supermarket and when he came home he told me that he had had an encounter with a lady on the way to the newspaper counter.
He described the lady as very elegant and debonair looking, she clasped his elbow and called him Malcom and asked what he was doing. He explained he was buying a newspaper and she told him they had already got the papers. With that, another lady, whom he presumed was her carer, stepped in and apologised for what had happened.
My husband replied there was no need to apologise, we were just going to buy a paper. The other lady steered her away and the elegant lady told Malcom to stay where he was and she would pick him up on the way out.
My husband said that becoming a Dementia Friend had helped him react positively to this lady and shows that we can have more understanding and patient communities if more people become Dementia Friends.’