Phew!!! It is almost over! I have been blogging twice a day for the whole of World Alzheimer’s Month / Dementia Awareness Month, #DAM2015, and am feeling vaguely jaded… I wonder why?! To say it has been a slog, is an understatement, and I have not been that well either, so it has definitely taken its toll. In fact, it is quite likely I will be quiet for at least a few days, as I have some very important things on my ‘To do list’, and also need to get well to do them. But, to end this month of awareness raising, I wanted to end with a personal high.
I am proud to report that I was the winner of the Bethanie Education Medallion award, runner-up in the University of Wollongong, 2015 Alumni Award, Social Impact Category, the winner of the University of Wollongong, Community Engagement Award, a finalist in the Dignity Australia Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution by an individual, and I found last night out on twitter, a finalist in the Dementia Services Development Centre University of Stirling International Dementia Awards 2015, Dementia Leader of the Year, and I am a finalist in a reasonably prestigious award I am not yet able to announce.
I do not do any of the things that I do for awards, but it is a delight to be recognised. I work only to improve the lives of people with dementia, of which very selfishly, I have a vested interest!
My dear husband believes perhaps that I have been cloned, as I operate in a number of time zones, sometimes getting up for meetings as early as 2.30am and as late as midnight. It is impossible to be the Chair of an international support group of, by and for people with dementia, without doing this, especially as we are collaborating with so many other organisations, an members, in so may time zones, and striving to offer some very unique services and support to people with dementia all around the world.
So, in conclusion to this last World Alzheimer’s Month, I really hope it has made a difference, but until the issues such as respectful language are properly addressed, and the voices of people with demote are accepted without such a ruckus from carers, and some acceptance from that grass-roots level, I very much doubt it has. Awareness, at any cost, is not necessarily helpful.
Finally, I am not sure when, but I will chat here again soon…