DEMENTIA AWARENESS: ARE YOUNG PEOPLE EXPOSED ENOUGH TO THE ISSUE?

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Ok, so this post is a little bit more personal and close to the heart.

Anyone who’s witnessed a loved one’s descent into Dementia will know how heart-breaking it is, young people like myself aren’t shown the dangers and consequences that Dementia causes, and this is why I feel the need to write this to show young people like myself, that it is important to be “in the know” and to show other young students and teenagers out there that have been affected by the disease that, you are not alone.

Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by certain diseases such as strokes, the most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. The symptoms that someone with dementia will experience is unique in different ways to who it effects, especially within the early stages.

According to Alzheimer’s Society, it mainly affects people over the age of 65, 1 in 14 people of this age group have dementia and it’s predicted that 850,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed with dementia this year. However there are more than 40,000 people in the UK that are under 65 living with dementia.

If these current trends continue to proceed and no action is taken, the number could possibly rise to 1,142,677 by 2025. Sadly, there is no current cure for the disease, however there is a range of support, therapies and activities that can help someone live well with dementia.

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When my granddad, John, was diagnosed in his late 50’s, it was a hard time for my family. I’d spent years doing my own thing and wasn’t in contact with my granddad for a long time thinking that we’d have lots of time to get to know one another properly later on in life. Yet I was wrong, after my grandmother suddenly passed, my granddad became worse with his condition, and eventually he was put into a care home that specialises within dementia.

Due to his diagnosis of dementia and cases of several strokes, we began to see one another more frequently each week three years before my grandmother passed away and it was definitely precious time worth spent. Although I was spending more time with my granddad before things got worse; I started to pick up on his certain habits of him struggling to recall certain events that were happening at the time and problems concentrating or making decisions.

After months of doctor’s appointments we were finally left with a diagnosis and an information leaflet to support us. Although it was supportive in its own ways, it wasn’t supportive with the strain, time and effort that my mum and dad would be spending to care for my granddad after my grandmother passed. As my granddad’s condition progressed I began to realise that despite all the meetings with councillors and the consultations that I witnessed, nobody tells you the reality of this pure evil disease.

They don’t tell you how to deal with your grandfather attempting to throw punches at people, neither do they tell you how to deal with that on a day to day basis to the shop for the morning newspaper that he thinks he can just walk out and not pay for anything. Nobody tells you how to tell the shop owners and make them understand that my granddad has got dementia and aren’t encountering a frail thug of a shoplifter.

They don’t tell you how to deal with the crushing realisation that my granddad had forgotten that he even has an illness and thinks that you’re putting him in a home for the sake of it and asks if you even love him anymore. They don’t tell you that they will soon forget your name, and even who you are. Nobody tells you how to channel your anger when teenagers my age, are living their lives with healthy grades, a social life, and have proper telephone conversations with their healthy grandparents and yours resolves around a terminally ill, confused gentleman that worked hard all of his life and now can’t remember how to communicate in any way possible.

They don’t tell you that once he’s near the final stage that you will sit with him hours on end trying to tell him things like you’ve passed your driving test and have finally been offered a place at university, to just give you the last hope of making him proud.

Dementia stole the time that my parents, family, myself and friends were supposed to have with my grandfather John and I strongly think that the majority of young people in the UK aren’t aware enough of the disease and this is a real problem for the future.

People need to be aware that in the UK we are not prepared to cater for everyone with dementia in care homes and hospitals, people need to be aware that it might happen to a loved one, people need to be aware of the confused lady or man walking past them that might need some help in one way or another.

Alzheimer’s society and Dementia Friends can help you support and understand a bit more about the incurable disease and the small things you can do to help people with the condition. Whether that be helping someone find the right bus or being patient in a till queue if someone with dementia is taking longer to pay. All these little things helps someone’s life affected in some way.

Due to the recent study that has cropped up to find that dementia may be ‘linked’ to common over the counter drugs for conditions such as insomnia and hay fever. It’s important that the UK acts as a community, to spot signs of dementia and to make sure us young people know the ins and outs of the disease.

Want to help? There’s so many things you can do, to get involved and be a part of something that is something close to your heart, to be involved as a community, to support friends, family or even a colleague. No matter what your reason is, everyone is welcome to become a part of the charity.

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Last year I got involved with the memory walk at Rother Valley Country Park in Sheffield and raised over £200, this makes a massive difference to the organisation and can help fund anything from a patient having an arts class at their local care home to helping with travel or to be involved within an activity.

Here’s some top tips to get you to jump on the bandwagon and make a difference:

-Creating fundraising events within your local community or even spreading the word through uni life/societies and even in relation to uni work could make a great difference, either to create an opinion from another, express your experiences to others or to just generally make a difference for the future.

-Alzheimer’s Society hold fundraising memory walks each year all around the country. Last year over 33,000 walkers took part and together raised £1.8 million towards the fight against dementia.

-Get involved and become a volunteer: This might look good on your CV, but it can help someone a long way too. If you have a lot of spare time on your hands and want to help out instead of bingeing on a Netflix marathon, this could be a great cause to help someone.

-Talk to your Students’ Union: They may be able to help with any ideas that you’ve come up with and make your plans happen.

-Promote an event: this could help with the fundraising the way that you want to do it, this may be sports related, cake related or even fancy dress related!

-Campaign: Change the system of charging for care that currently discriminates against people with dementia.

-Donate: Every little penny helps towards the organisation.

-To find out more information on dementia and the memory walks visit: www.alzheimers.org.uk

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-Or become a dementia friend by signing up to www.dementiafriends.org.uk and get your free Dementia Friends pack that includes helpful tips and ideas.

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Sharney x

FOO FIGHTERS // THROWBACK THURSDAY

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When I heard that the Foo Fighters were back on the road with their latest album Sonic Highways, it brought back all the nostalgia.

Back in my school days, me and my dad would switch the tv on and flick through the channels, this always resorted into me putting on Kerrang! or NME TV. Foo Fighters were always the one that you could rely to just be there.

They’ve recently been headlined ‘favourites’ for Glastonbury rumours, I hope this is true along with AC/DC as an added favourite.

Greatest hits by the Foo’s such as Times Like these, Big Me and Everlong would be incredible to see along with their new songs, although Glastonbury is probably one the most amazing things to experience for the first time, can you actually imagine how good it would be with Foo Fighters as a headliner?

As most Foo Fighter fans may know, Dave Grohl, frontman of the band, has a passion for music alongside his own work and has recently signed on for the role of the Record Store Day 2015 ambassador.

RSDvector_bw“I believe that the power of the record store to inspire is still alive and well, and that their importance to our next generation of musicians is crucial. Take an afternoon (and some hard earned lawn mowing money) and please support them,” Grohl writes. “You never know, it might change your life forever, too.”

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For my generation, most of you will know that independent stores are hard to find, and aren’t just lurking anywhere, it’s not the 1960’s. So it’s nice to know that well known frontmen such as Dave are still passionate to keep the flames alive.

Sharney x

PEACE @ QUEENS SOCIAL CLUB

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South West of the Southern Suburbs of Birmingham, the indie rock band Peace have come a long way since 2009. With the vibrant and upbeat album, In Love, the boys headed to number seventy-five on the UK Singles Chart for the week in 2013.On their recent UK tour to promote their latest debut, Happy People, I attended Queens Social Club on the first date of the two in Sheffield to see the ‘lovesick’ fellas.

Dream-like hits such as Wraith, Float Forever and Follow Baby, were some of the classic psychedelic sounds that were played along with new tunes from Happy People, such as the well received ballad World Pleasures, Money and I’m a Girl.

The vibe was definitely persuasive enough to want to join the crowd and to stage invade, and obviously to get to the heartthrob that is Harrison Koisser. At one point through the night, Koisser told the crowd that it was ‘one of the best nights of his life’ the crowd cheered and had no difficulty in singing the songs back to the band.

Harrison’s brother of the band Sam, bassist, crowd surfed for the funky World Pleasure bass solo and raised the bar of the band’s potential.

It was an exceptional intimate venue to see the upcoming rise of a band play at, and was definitely one for Peace fans not to have missed. Happy People is out in stores 9th Feb.
Sharney x

2015

I know this post is quite late but what the hell, why not?

PyramidStageGlastonburyRJ0609112015 is the year I shall be going to my first ever weekend festival, GLASTONBURY, no biggie. This is literally a dream come true for me, anybody that knows me well will know this too. Since I was 10 years old I’ve wanted to go and experience this joyful and vibrant place and this year my dream has come true. The only place in the world I want to ever visit is the time of year Glastonbury comes alive and I’ve waited ten years for it. I’m hoping to see new bands that will be the future and upcoming of music and here’s who I have recently been enjoying…

New bands that have been catching my eye:

1). Superfood (Previously mentioned in my last post)

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3). James Bay

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I don’t normally do this but I set a new years resolution for myself to push myself harder and ‘just say yes’ to the opportunities that stand out to me. It’s a big year at university for me this year, I’m half way through my second year and have just started to plan my final year dissertation and it’s come around so fast.

I was sat thinking over Christmas that I hardly feel prepared to go out of the world with a degree and be ready searching for a full time job… so I’ve decided that looking for more work experience will help benefit my last year uni years and get out the flat more.

Wanting to pitch advertisements ideas or be a freelance journalist is a passion of mine and something that I’d love to do for the rest of my life. So how am I going to get this career if I’m just sat binging on Netflix watching House all day?

I decided I needed some boundaries:

1). Not watch House all day, everyday..

2). Look for at least 5 jobs a day regarding work experience, volunteering, or a new part time job

3). Be positive and motivated

4). Stay on top of uni work

5). Read more

6). Blog daily

I know this isn’t the regular lengthy blog post that I’ve recently been writing but I wanted to start blogging more daily, therefore I think it’s better if the blog posts are short but sweet. Here’s to 2015!

Sharney x

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DECEMBER

Wow, what a year.

December has topped it all off and been the best month of the year for me.

It all began seeing John Bishop at the Sheffield Motorpoint arena  on 22/11/2014.

IMG_20141122_194844Right near the front smack, bang, wallop in the middle, and scoffing our faces with salt and vinegar crisps trying to contain our excitement, it was all soon to be over as we were told by the stewards that we had come…  THE WRONG DAY. My boyfriend and I had tickets for the show on the 21st, which was the day before and yeah, we didn’t know where to put our heads with embarrassment… Luckily, we was escorted to a different seating area due to it being a genuine mistake and still got to watch the show. Although one of the stewards was very unpolite and rude about the situation, the show went on and although being moved, it didn’t ruin one moment.

John Bishop is a great comedian, the wit he has about everyday life is fantastic, and every single person in that room could relate to a certain topic he brought up.

It was the first time ever that I got to see a comedian and the atmosphere was weird yet brilliant and I couldn’t wait to do it all again at the Noel Fielding event in Nottingham ‘An Evening with NoelFielding (03/11/14). And again, that beat John bishop for me, the most weird thing I’ve ever experienced and he definitely did not disappoint. The fact he engaged with the audience and picked people out whilst shoving a camera in their faces was brilliant, it got people on the edge of their seat and engaged,he definitely knows what he’s doing in the comedy business and he does it well.IMG_20141203_224653

The day before I went to see Noel Fielding in Nottingham, I went to see Catfish and the Bottlemen at one of Sheffield’s most popular nightclubs, Plug. Literally, one of the best live gigs I’ve seen, it was ama zing. I love it when there’sa good crowd and everyone knows the words, it was quite special to see how far they’ve grown in such a small time. They seem to be everywhere now, even on FIFA, a band from Wales that started out pestering other bands about their band had payed off unbelievably and it just goes to show that anybody can get into the music industry if they try hard enough.IMG_20141202_225750

The day after Noel Fielding I went to see the psychedelic band from Kettering at Leadmill in Sheffield (my favourite venue ever for gigs and nights out!) Temples. The presence of the band just leaves you standing there with an airy aura and the liquid lighting done by Mad Alchemy was the best thing ever, if I had the time and knowledge to create such a thing I would.IMG_20141205_153321

It’s the first time I’ve ever seen Temples and I really enjoyed it, I hope to see them again soon. Their songs are so unique to any others and it really makes you identify them as something else that no one else has ever done before. Apart from the Marc Bolan-esque hair and the glitter theme going on they are truly different from any other band.

The support band for Temples were the new ‘band craze’ Superfood, now, after I heard about the hype from my boyfriend I gave them a listen and didn’t really see the obsession. But now I’ve seen them and gave them another listen I have grown on them. They aren’t a bad live band either!IMG_20141204_210711

On the 7/11/14 we travelled to Manchester to see Peace and Bombay Bicycle Club at Manchester Apollo, this was the one I was waiting for. I’ve been so intrigued to see Peace ever since I saw them on TV at a festival last year, they looked and sounded so crisp, the sound was mesmerising so I was definitely interested in seeing them for myself and see if I still think this after. And I’m so glad that I still think this after the event, Harrison Koisser’s voice is like an angel’s, he really does put effort into every song he sings and he and the band didn’t disappoint. There was a point that I questioned if the bassist was miming though? But I think I’m wrong and hope I am too. I did look on twitter to see if anyone has questioned this and nobody has so I’m taking it the band don’t…

Bombay Bicycle Club were on another freaking level. The effort that they had produced for the tour was literally breathtaking, the visuals were astounding and I can’t put into words how good it was, you literally had to be there. There were fireworks, confetti, everything. For such a little band (I thought) it was so good to see that the time they used had been a good move and the hard work payed off. The vocals were on top form, it was literally an insane gig to just stand there at the back and be like, ‘wow’ what a band.IMG_20141207_232715

Joe Carnall from Milburn is the final gig on the list for 2014, he played at Plug in Sheffield with a Christmas Special with guests; Milburn members and Jon McClure from Reverend and the Makers, although it was a nostalgic place to be for people of Sheffield with Milburn classics, Joe also played new material and it seemed to go down well with the Yorkshire crowd.

I can’t tell you enough how much I’ve enjoyed 2014, and it can only get better in the new year, I hope you follow me on my journey.

Sharney x

KASABIAN

So, this is my first post on a blogging site, crazy. It’s nearing the end of 2014 and I’ve never had a good go at one, but I thought this would be the right opportunity to take one up in my second uni year and give it a bash!

I’m a rookie at this stuff, but hopefully I’ll get better at this and hopefully it’s interesting enough for you guys! Please feel free to comment and tell me how I’m doing, I like to learn new things and well, we are all in this together as a blogging society!

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My absolute passion is music, so I thought I could write about one of my first ever gig experiences to relate to the theme of this being my first post.

Music is the only thing I have ever been interested in, being a 90′s kid and having a dad that listened religiously to Oasis and The Stone Roses, it just seemed to grow up with me, a musical family, having a mother and father and myself playing instruments from a young age it just seems that music has always been around me and always will and I think caring for it seems to definitely be shown in my life.

That’s why I’ve started this blog, to vent out all the things I have passions for whether that be live music, a career that I want to pursue, a personal time in my life that I want to share, my time at university, projects etc, etc, etc!

390124_2082035025601_136765159_nOne of my first ever live gigs that I got the opportunity to go to was Kasabian back in 2011 at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena. The excitement and atmosphere of the arena was overwhelming and something I had only ever witnessed once before (at a Lady Gaga concert) but this was on a new whole level different, soon as the support act (Miles Kane) got everyone hyped up it felt as if the energy couldn’t possibly get any higher, but it did.

The energy that Tom and Serge give off to the crowd is most definitely a gift and not something you see daily within a gig, these two frontmen have the ability to show their presence in an unusual way, the crowd just watch in aura of magnificence as they stroll onto the stage knowing they’ve got everyone in the palm of their hands, shouting “Come on Nottingham!”

384544_2082049385960_1620488980_nThe two of them obviously have a strong friendship and have known each other from growing up together in their proud “Les- ta” City hometown. Whichthey recently performed at Victoria Park I jumped at the opportunity to go and obviously they never fail at putting on a show. The bright pink fluorescent screen counting down the minutes and seconds of when the show is about to begin is simply spine tingling.

Over the years they have produced the best albums of all time in my opinion but nothing will ever beat West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, the scratchy guitar riff at the beginning of the album, Underdog is a complete anthem.

Headlining Glastonbury this year is simply overwhelming for the band and for the fans.

From then on, they just progressed on to becoming one of the best bands around in the UK showing ‘the world just what they are’ – Serge.

Sharney x377963_2082075386610_12744284_n

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