Why should I join the support group session of ‘Reaching Hands’ online today? Is it worth the effort?

Today we are holding our monthly ‘Reaching Hands’ online support group session.

This is ideal for relatives of people living with dementia and those who attend really feel better as they realise they are not alone in facing life on a daily basis.

It is not easy looking after someone with dementia and you really must talk about it to others.

Our therapists, who lead the session, can really help you deal with the stress, anxiety and sadness that you feel..do not be embarrased or afraid to talk about it..all families face problems and the best thing we can do is talk about them.

When my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s many years ago there were no services in Malta or Gozo and my family faced the situation alone. Although there was quite a stigma about mental health, one of the first things we did was inform the neighbours about my mother’s problem. They really appreciated our honesty and offered all the help possible.

I have to say that the neighbours are the first people who will notice if the person living with dementia has gone out of the house alone..and they will also keep an eye out for the person’s safety.

Do not ever be embarrased – if some people pass hurtful comments then they are not worth talking to..

I urge you to attend..you will feel better afterwards – this is a ‘safe space’ and not recorded.

What is said in the session stays in the session.

Go for it!

Wednesday, June 14, 2023 · 4:00 – 5:30pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/zdh-cmfe-jbi

What’s happening today?

13th June 2023 – Tuesday

It’s a beautiful sunny day in Germany…I have been here for almost 2 weeks as my daughter has just had a baby and lives in a very quiet little town just a few metres from the forest..so different to Malta.

However, my thoughts are always with all those who live with dementia on a daily basis..and all their families. Tomorrow we will be holding yet another online session of ‘Reaching Hands’ for all relatives of people with dementia, whereever you may be. Some of you live abroad, some in Malta, some in Gozo..distance makes no difference..so too here we find people living with dementia..just a few roads away there is an independent living home for seniors..I often think about those who live there and what their future holds..we meet some of them as we walk past.

Everyone says good morning to you even if you don’t know them..that is the difference between a city (like the whole of Malta) and a small town in the countryside..however, we can all do this wherever we are..it makes our day happier to know that others are kind to us.

Some of of you may not know, but I am now working with the MDS thanks to a very kind benefactor who sponsored me..there are wonderful people in this world! I left my job of 21 years and am now totally dedicated to all of you out there…please do not leave me alone..communicate with me..and let me know how you feel today..sadness and loneliness are a terrible thing..we have to face our burdens and carry them every day..but we do not have to do that alone..

Put a smile on your face and you will feel better inside..God bless you xx


Blog post 1:

Hi, My name is Anne and I am an ex carer and looked after my mother, along with my dad, for 12 years. She had Alzheimer’s and Lewy body disease. From a very active, confident person, she became fully dependant on others. It was very hard for her and also for us, her family.

My mother passed away in 2012 and today I try to help others going through the same experience. I know how desperate you can feel when faced with this kind of situation and would love to be able to help you. Please do reach out to us and also to me.

You can call me on 99451625 or email info@maltadementiasociety.org.mt.

Don’t wait, get in touch with us!