When I popped in to see Yvonna yesterday she told me that she was busy and stayed behind the counter. I edged her into the consulting room with: ‘I could just do with a couple of minutes on neuroplasticity’. Yvonna is always generous with her support to me, as I seek mentoring on my approach to being a Care Partner.
Yvonna has a very holistic approach to well-being; she is well read and has a sharp mind. The Branch of Lloyds where she is the Pharmacist is within walking distance of our home. Walk-in expertise on the doorstep: what more can you ask for when you are trying to find your way with dementia?
I wanted to run by Yvonna how music is making such a difference to our lives. When we have chatted about this before she commented: ‘you have found your way’. What I wanted to share with Yvonna was that Maureen was learning to sing along to new songs. Yvonna is a great one for bringing you down to earth: with a smile on her face she suggested that ‘I would need to be working with a group of 50 people for 5 years before there was real evidence that my theory had substance’.
I squeezed more than two minutes with Yvonna and left with further cause for thought. Music has allowed us to find our way: we sing, dance and have fun with YouTube several times in the day. What I wonder is if I put Barney on again whether Maureen can learn, and retain, far more than the chorus? What I do know is how sorry she feels for the lad singing: ‘I wish I had someone to love me’
I don’t think it will be long before I am back, for another ‘two minutes’ ,to let Yvonna know how things are going. It is such a bonus to have such expertise, and radical thinking, on the door-step.