Farewell from Jenny

It is two years since I started working on the Circles of Support Project at MAECare and now it’s time to move on, sadly.

The last two years have been eventful and I have learnt a lot. It has been very rewarding working with people living with memory difficulties and their families. I was slightly apprehensive when I started the job as it was a new role for me but now looking back I can honestly say it’s been a very positive experience. Also, the team at MAECare is one of the best I’ve worked with.

I have learned a lot about resilience and how people living with dementia can remain active and motivated to participate in events. It is hard for the families of people living with dementia too and I have been so impressed by the way sons/daughters/brothers/sisters/friends have gone that extra mile to support their loved ones.

Although dementia brings many challenges, people still have interests, hobbies and most importantly many that I have worked with have retained their great sense of humour which I have loved and will miss. I will also miss hearing about their personal life stories.

There is a lot of negative coverage in the media of dementia but I feel that I now understand that it is possible to live well with dementia with support from loved ones, professionals and people who care and are willing to give some of their time.

I’d like to end with a quote from Maya Angelou:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”.

Jenny Nayak, Circles of Support Project worker