It was a dry but cooler day in Edinburgh on Tuesday.
After breakfast I took a walk to the Quaker meeting House with the help of Google Maps Sat Nav and headphones but it wasn’t open to visitors until Wednesday but at least it was a bit if exercise.
Back at the hotel I attended the weekly Dementia Alliance International online support group and then it was time to set off for the DEEP gathering.
It was only about 5 minutes walk to the Festival Theatre again Google’s Maps with the Sat Nav turned on guided me.
The meeting wasn’t due to start until midday but I got there early to take part in some work around a new app for assisted travel on the railways.
There were 6 of us living with Dementia and if I remember correctly, there were representatives from Edinburgh station and LNER.
We heard about the app, we had a discussion and we made some suggestions and then it was time to put the app to the test.
We all set off for the railway to test out the app and to see if the sensors triggered a response from staff which it did.
We took a taxi back to the theatre to continue the days events.
It was a long day, many of us were tired by 5:30 but it is important to cover as much as possible in these gatherings as we do not have many opportunities to come together.
Quite often friendships are built over social media so it is great to meet face to face when possible.
Spending the day with your peers, not focusing on putting up a façade of normality and having a few hours of normality is priceless and a boost to our mental wellbeing.
After the meeting it was back to the hotel for something to eat and an early night.