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Spotlight on Dementia - Walk in My Shoes

Dementia is set to be the 21st century's biggest killer. But awareness and understanding remains low and many families are facing it alone. That’s why, during the Week, we want everyone to come together and take action. By uniting, we can raise awareness, offer help & understanding and improve care. You can find more information on the Alzheimer’s Society website.

To mark Dementia Awareness Week, Four Seasons Health Care is hosting four guest blogs from our team of dementia experts.

Our final blog takes the form of a poem and comes from Nina Hutchison from Gowrie House care home in Fife.

Nina has supported colleagues in facilitating training modules within the Dementia Care Framework. She has been so inspired by the Dementia care framework, and especially the Dementia Experience, that she wrote this poem about her understanding of how a resident may feel living with Dementia.

Dementia Experience Poem

Walk in my Shoes,

Just for a day,

Feel how I feel,

It’s the easiest way,

The jigsaw is there,

The pieces are too,

They don’t seem to fit

It’s a bit of a do,

Hear what I hear,

And see what I see,

I’m not sure where I am,

But I know I’m me,

Step into my shoes,

The experience may be difficult,

And at times a bit rough

But you can say when you’ve had enough

But this is my life, my everyday world

Some days nice and calm,

And other days a swirl,

The one thing to remember when the experience is done,

Help me with my memories,

And the days that I have none.

Date published: 15 September 2017

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