Over the past year- and especially since our course on (other) mental health issues - Emmanuel’s Social Justice Team (SJT) has received an increasing number of requests for a course on the issues around dementia.
As many of you know - all too well - it can be a cruel and often hidden disease that can have a seriously detrimental impact on the lives of those affected -whether living with it themselves, or caring for someone with it.
I’ve seen this disease at close range. My late dad suffered from it. It was horrible to watch a brilliant man decline. The other strain was watching the effect on my mum, who was his carer – and stoically suffered in silence.
But I fear it’s going to get much worse for us all. It’s a largely hidden and still ignored social issue. Yet soon it may affect most of us – very directly, or our partner, or our parent, or our grandparent. All concerned will probably feel the impact of it sometime.
Given the predicted rise of dementia within our society (as we live longer) the SJT are interested in meeting to discuss how best we as a church can respond to the challenges presented by dementia, in terms of providing effective support for those within our congregation and the local community who are affected by it.
If this is an issue that raises concerns for you, please join us at my home - Moffat Cottage, Berry Lane, Chorleywood, WD3 5EU - from 8 – 10 pm on Monday 28 July to discuss what we can do that would be helpful.
If you can join us, it would be very helpful if you would let me know so that I can organise for car parking and light refreshments. But even if you can’t join us, I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts.
Colin Sheppard - firstname.lastname@example.org; tel: 01923 282831