The Forget Me Not Ball: A Night to Remember

Helping Those Who Have Forgotten Their Lives

I recently attended the Forget Me Not Ball, which was a fundraiser for Dementia UK.  It was a fantastic event for a good cause — and we had fMy Fellow WHYse Womenun too!

Kudos to fellow WHYse woman Clare Ellism, who organised the event – from singers and dancers, to a “people’s choir” – dressed as the people holding down the home front during the war – as well as great raffle prizes, made the night something to remember!

 

Music and Dementia

The Nylons PerformingHowever, the real star of the night and the reason the ball took place was Clare’s mother, who lives with dementia.

As she walked into the room on Clare’s arm, there was a Glen Miller tune playing and her response was immediate – her eyes brightened, she smiled and began bobbing her head and swaying to the music.  For those few moments, Clare’s mother was fully present and enjoying herself.  The sight left a few of us misty-eyed; we got a glimpse of the woman locked behind the dementia.

The video below talks about my impressions of the night, as well as suggestions as to how to assist people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s to have an improved quality of life, even as their memories grow dim.

If you continue to the end of this — there’s an extra treat for you!

If you’d like to make a donation to Dementia UK, just click on the link below:

DONATE TO DEMENTIA UK

A Little Mood Music

This extra little treat greeted us when we arrived at the ball — hope you enjoy it too!