Margaret Thatcher Featured in Newsletter 5

Irene Mackay’s 5th Elliegrams Newsletter
September 2014
Raising Children’s Awareness of Dementia







Elliegrams Newsletter

Number 5: September 2014

Welcome to my Elliegrams Newsletter, named after Ellie, the main character in my book The Forgetful ElephantIn these monthly newsletters I will share information and insights from around the world, to help us all cope better with living with dementia.













Sadly, my dear Mum passed away on the 14th of August. While this has been a really tough time for me, it has also been a time when I have been able to reflect on her life and look at all the positive things. Until my Mum was diagnosed with the condition 5 years ago I had never heard of Vascular Dementia.

Her diagnosis made me want to find out more, and be able to help Mum and others with dementia. I have an awful lot to thank my Mum for: if she had not developed dementia I would never have gone to work for Alzheimer Scotland, and would never have met Elyse who gave me the inspiration to write my book.

I also thank my Mum for passing on to me her strength, determination and passion for whatever she did in life. She was always a very positive person no matter what life threw at her and when I think of all these things it only makes me want to be more like her and to make her proud of me for my work raising children’s awareness of dementia. I am very passionate about making children aware, since they are our future and if they have this knowledge then it will be easier for them to maintain their relationship with a loved one who has dementia, which is so important for the whole family.

What do you think?

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Born on October 13, 1925, in Grantham, England, Margaret Thatcher became Conservative Party leader, and later Prime Minister, the first woman to hold the position.Nicknamed the “Iron Lady”, Thatcher served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. In her early years Thatcher was introduced to Conservative politics by her father, who was a member of Grantham’s town council. A good student, Thatcher was accepted to Oxford University, where she studied chemistry at Somerville College. She earned a degree in chemistry in 1947, and went on to work as a research chemist in Colchester. Later, she worked as a research chemist in Dartford.Two years after graduating from college, Thatcher made her first bid for public office. She ran as the Conservative candidate for a Dartford parliamentary seat in the 1950 elections. She knew from the start that it would be nearly impossible to prise the seat away from the Labour Party. Even so, with her speeches she earned the respect of political party peers. Though defeated, Thatcher remained undaunted, and tried again the following year, without success. Two months after this second defeat, she married Denis Thatcher. In 1952 she put politics aside for a time to study law. She and her husband welcomed twins Carol and Mark the following year.Clearly a woman on the rise, Thatcher was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Pensions and National Insurance in 1961. When the Labour Party assumed control of the government, she became a member of the Shadow Cabinet – politicians who would hold cabinet-level posts if their party was in power. The Conservatives returned to office in June 1970, and Thatcher was appointed Secretary of State for Education and Science. She found her position frustrating, not because of the bad press around her actions, but because she had difficulty getting Prime Minister Edward Heath to listen to her ideas. During a 1973 television appearance, seeming disenchanted with the future of women in politics, Thatcher said: “I don’t think there will be a woman prime minister in my lifetime”. She went on to prove herself wrong: she was elected Conservative Party leader in 1975. With this victory Thatcher became the first woman to serve as Opposition Leader in the House of Commons. And she made history in May 1979, when she was appointed Britain’s first female prime minister.In her later years, battling memory problems caused by strokes, Thatcher retreated from the spotlight to live in near-seclusion at her home in London’s Belgravia. According to an  article in The Daily Telegraph, Thatcher’s daughter Carol first revealed that her mother had dementia in 2005, saying: “Mum doesn’t read much anymore because of her memory loss, it’s pointless. She can’t remember the beginning of a sentence by the time she reaches the end.” Carol also recalled the pain of needing to tell her mother repeatedly that Denis Thatcher was dead.



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School Visits
Now that the schools have returned after their summer break, I am pleased to say that I already have two bookings arranged. I visited Muthill Primary School on Monday 1st September and will be visiting Balbeggie Primary School on Monday 8thSeptember. I also have a meeting arranged with the Deputy Head Teacher at Graeme High School on the 23rd of September to discuss how the high school pupils can work with primary school children to help educate them about dementia using my book.The Forgetful Elephant 3rd Edition
This is now with the printers and my first order should be with me by the 5th September. My marketing company are also working on the new eBook version which will be available to order shortly on Amazon.

I hope the free tips booklet you received when you subscribed to this newsletter was useful to you, or to someone you know who needs some help and support, to help cope with living with dementia.Please share your ideas how we can work together to raise children’s awareness of dementia.I welcome all suggestions and ideas, to help improve quality of life for people with dementia, and their families.Wishing you happy days,
Irene Mackay













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