I wrote the other day about the power of Twitter. The power to bring like-minded people together – quickly and effectively.
We are forming into a group of #dementiachallengers – and it is exciting. These people do not just want to talk about change. They are bringing about change through so many different means – developing practical resources, collecting stories, innovating, sharing good practice, casting a spotlight on unacceptable or poor practice … telling the “powers that be” how it is to walk in their shoes.
Inevitably, a lot of this is campaigning. We have been following Sally’s story (@nursemaiden), supporting her as she highlights the unappetising looking “meal” that was served to her father and her on-going fight for Continuing Care funding.
But another side of Twitter is the very real support that “Twitterati” are able to give each other.
Today Sally shared a small but wonderful moment of joy – a glimpse of her father as she remembers him, still knowing her name and that she is there for him. One simple tweet sharing this news sparked a flurry of supportive responses.
And suddenly my own little tweet, sent spontaneously, mentioning one of my own “special dementia moments” when my father-in-law” (who appeared to know none of us) suddenly tousled my young son’s hair as he walked past… is shared with about 6000 people – and I feel very emotional.