Hi everyone. Time for another Free for All on Friday for anyone who would like to post on an off-topic subject, so long as it still remains inside community guidelines. And a gentle reminder to try to keep to Fridays for this, even when the community is quiet with regard to Care posts. We need to keep the focus of the group on Care as much as possible and off-topic posts on Friday is one way of making sure that everyone's needs are met. As lots of you already know, off-topic posting isn't even allowed at all on other HU forums, so wherever possible please cooperate with this rule.
I haven't got any clear topic for this Friday. It's been a busy week doing a variety of things, some more welcome than others, so excuse this being a bit of a hotch-potch.
My sister had a bit of a breakthrough this week in the care of her husband with dementia. It's something simple, suggested by one of her daughters, and it's encouraging her husband to sing when he's a bit agitated or down. I called the other day and could hear him warbling away in the background accompanying one of his favourite CDs and it's giving her extra time where he will sit on his own for a bit and leave her to get on with things. Definitely worth a try I think!
Then I was considering the role that nostalgia plays in life as we get older. I'm terribly nostalgic these days and was really struck how much when watching an episode of the BBC's 'The Repair Shop' the other evening. (For non-UK readers this is a lovely gentle program about a team of experts who repair people's family 'treasures' often against all the odds because of the state of disrepair. It's truly amazing to see and feel the levels of emotion that a much loved object evokes when it's fixed up and handed back. This week there was another teddy bear and I'm afraid they are absolutely my weakness. I have my own old age pensioner of a bear called Maisie and I just love them, the more loved and battered the better. The one featured this week had belonged to a lady whose family had fled Hungary as refugees in 1956. A real tear-jerker. It makes me feel more than silly, sitting blubbing in a chair over a teddy bear, but of course it's about more than that really. It's the story which goes along with the love.
Anyway, those are my thoughts for the week. What about yours?
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