Rikki Fulton Featured in June 2014 Newsletter
Irene Mackay’s Second Elliegrams Newsletter
Number 2: June 2014
Welcome to my Elliegrams Newsletter, named after Ellie, the main character in my book The Forgetful Elephant. In these monthly Newsletters I share information and insights from around the world, to help us all cope better with living with dementia.
THOUGHT OF THE MONTH
I recently visited my Mum in her Care Home and was told by one of the carers that there was a “screaming match” when she showered her that morning. I reminded her, as I have done on many occasions, that my Mum doesn’t like to have a shower and prefers to have a bath. I explained that when my Mum was young there wouldn’t have been such a thing as a shower, and the reason why she screams when she is given one is that she might be frightened, and may be wondering how on earth there is water coming out of the ceiling.
“Ah, you’re right”, she said, “I never thought about that”.
For me that’s the frustrating problem: we need to consider why someone with dementia is behaving the way they are. In my experience there is usually a good reason for their behaviour.
Let’s all try to ensure that Care Worker training includes not only how to deal with the behaviour of people with dementia, but also how to look for the causes of their behaviour. This surely would make life much easier and more pleasant for everyone. Please share your tips on my Facebook page:
The youngest of three brothers, Robert Kerr Fulton was born into a non-theatrical family at 46 Appin Road, Dennistoun Glasgow. His father was a master locksmith who changed professions, purchasing a newsagent and stationery shop at 28 Roebank Street, Dennistoun. At the age of three, Fulton and his family moved to Riddrie, another district of Glasgow. There he attended the local primary school, but later returned to Dennistoun for secondary education at Whitehill Secondary School. After completing his education in 1939 he entered the world of acting, following a visit backstage at the Glasgow Pavilion Theatre.
Fulton began his professional acting career as a straight actor, appearing in repertory theatre and BBC Radio. He also held a secondary job in the stationery business with his brothers. While working at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, he met comedian Jack Milroy. Together, they created a stage double act around Francie and Josie, two Teddy Boys from Glasgow. In one of his first forays into television, Fulton brought the act to television in 1962’s Scottish Television series, The Adventures of Francie and Josie. The series established both Fulton and Milroy as household names in their native country. Fulton continued to perform regularly in pantomime and in straight theatre, mostly notably with the Royal Lyceum Company in Edinburgh and the Scottish Theatre Company based in Glasgow. However, it was the comedy sketch show, Scotch and Wry that became an institution at Hogmanay.
The series featured one of Fulton’s most remembered characters, the Reverend IM Jolly, a dour minister prone to inappropriate television conversations. The series began in 1978 and continued for 15 years. It was shown only once throughout the United Kingdom, in 1983. Fulton was named Scottish Television Personality of the Year in 1963 and 1979. Fulton and Milroy were twice declared Scotland’s “Light Entertainers of the Year”, in 1970 and 1989.
In 1998, Fulton began to display symptoms of Alzheimer’s. In 2004, his wife Kate recalled “he returned home, and, devastated, told me, ‘I can’t remember lines any more.'” In 2002, after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Fulton remained at his own home and fronted that year’s Alzheimer Scotland Christmas appeal. However, he grew to depend on his wife more and more. It was decided that Fulton would go into care and was moved into the Quayside nursing home. In 2003, after breaking his hip in a fall, he was admitted to the Western Infirmary and then to Gartnavel Royal Hospital for assessment. He contracted the superbug MRSA and returned to the Quayside home, where he died peacefully in 2004, aged 79 years.
BOOK OF THE MONTH
Really and Truly
by Emilie Rivard and Anne-Claire Delisle
Read about Really and Truly
INTERVIEW OF THE MONTH
Author of Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator?
(Click on the title to order the book)
Read my interview with Max HERE
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.
This issue we are continuing our drawing competition, inviting budding artists of any age to draw a picture.If you would like to draw a little elephant friend for Ellie, and give him or her a name, I will feature the winner in a future Elliegrams Newsletter.Please post the drawings on my Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/HelpingChildrenCopeWithDementiaThe one that receives the most likes will win a copy of “The Forgetful Elephant” book and a bookmark,
and a feature in my Elliegrams Newsletter. Happy drawing!
More Illustrations for the Forgetful Elephant
I am delighted to announce that Barbara Dessi is in the process of creating further illustrations for my book. These should be completed by the end of June, just in time for me to have the third print edition of my print book published, and the second edition of my ebook. This means that there will be an illustration relating to every page, which will fill the book with more colour and make it more entertaining for children to read.With additional illustrations, I hope that a mainstream publisher will take an interest in the book, leading to wider distribution.
Radio Interview on Central FM
For Dementia Awareness Week I was interviewed by Central FM Radio, where I took the opportunity to announce the launch of Ellie Helper Packs, aiming to raise children’s awareness of dementia in the community. Click to listen to the interview on the Media page of my website.
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,