Hanging on the Telephone


This dementia journey has produced some magical moments for me over the last 5 years. I want to share a small but powerful moment that happened at a recent dementia workshop I was presenting at last week.

One of the staff from Alzheimer’s Australia/DBMAS was in the audience listening to me speak about a story involving my night in the Emergency Department (ED)of the hospital with Dad being restrained by the security guards many years ago.

I told the audience I was in a really distressed state and was traumatized at what had just happened and had no idea what I was going to do next (I knew zero about dementia back then). I explained how I went into a corner of the room in the ED and called the help line. The voice on the end of that line was very comforting and it was one of the most amazing calls I have ever made.

This person came up to me after the presentation and said “Brett, After hearing you tell that story about your Dad in the ED, I had to let you know that I was the first person on the other end of the line that night when you called. I will never forget that call as long as I live….you sounded so distressed and emotional.”

Wow!…I am without words….

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