Norman Mc Namara was diagnosed with dementia 9 years ago. He was 50 years old.
In 2012 whilst out shopping he was rudely spoken to by a shopkeeper and decided to change the way people see dementia and treat others.
He later founded a steering group called The Purple Angel; to try and make Torbay the first Dementia Friendly resort in the country.
Prolific on social media he spends his time talking about dementia, changing people’s opinions and furthering the course for people to live well with dementia. A fight that can only be won with public support.
The Purple Angel campaign is now recognised across the globe.
Norman or Norrms as he prefers to be called sent Care Industry News a comment on living with dementia and the people he works with; particularly at Christmas.
“I sit and often think that a lot of the time it’s the loved ones who miss out at Christmas, the carers and those who make sure we, with dementia, are ok, so how can we help at this special time? Well here`s one way I hope ….
“If you know someone who has dementia this Christmas and is living with a wife, husband, loved one, family member or carers please ask them what their spouse used to like or do etc. when they were younger. This disease is all about short term memory but most of us can remember way, way back with clarity. Once they have told you, it might be something like favourite sweets, songs, singers etc.
“Then, all you have to do without the spouse, person who hasn’t got dementia etc. knowing is to go, out and buy that as a present, wrap it and put under tree and wait until Christmas day.
“Can you imagine the person with dementia giving such a present to a loved one, especially when it’s something they both used to do, or listen to, or cherish together?? And how amazing that would be? Imagine the look on their faces when they receive this and ask WHO GOT THIS?? And you say MY DAD did, or my MUM did or whoever has dementia did?? How wonderful would that be?
“It also gives the person with dementia a little independence back because that’s what I miss most of all with this awful disease, I would love to tell you all about it one day if possible?
“Meanwhile I would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year from all our volunteers around the world 752 at the last count in 55 Countries globally and leave you with this little poem, very best wishes”.
Norrms and family
A CHRISTMAS WISH TO ONE AND ALL
A Christmas wish to one and all,
Shout out loud, stand up tall,
We all have so much to say,
Come our time, come our day,
Together we will be as one,
When dementia`s war, is over and done,
We get so tired, both you and I,
With my dementia, and when carer`s cry,
But remember this, my dearest friends,
Our STRENGTH within will never end,
We fight this battle, day by day,
Both you and I, in our own way,
So stand so tall and shout out loud,
For who you are? We are FOREVER PROUD
Merry Christmas to all and a very happy new year
You can email Norrms firstname.lastname@example.org (two rr`s in norrms plz)