Every day thousands of people choose to donate their spare “electronic change” to charity via Pennies. As one of the charities that shares 25% of every donation, Alzheimer’s Society uses these funds to help support people living with dementia.

So far Alzheimer’s Society have received £13,505 from your donations made online and in-store at participating retailers. Every penny helps them keep their vital support networks running, such as their online support and discussion forum Talking Point.

Talking Point is a place that anyone affected by dementia can go to ask for advice, share information, join in discussions and just generally feel supported.

It’s an online space that people can use to offload and form close friendships with others who are going through similar experiences and emotions. It’s mainly a help to carers but it because they are getting support it also indirectly helps sufferers of dementia.

For carers such as Sylvia Gupta, her friends on Talking Point were able to provide both reassurance about her husband’s dementia and a place to socialise, which was particularly valuable to Sylvia whose husband’s illness meant it was hard to leave the house for more than an hour.

When she first found Talking Point, Sylvia didn’t think she was computer literate and didn’t know what a thread or a post was but she felt there were some posts she could reply to.

“People responded to me and that built up my confidence. It made me feel my husband’s aggression wasn’t just peculiar to him – there were lots of people that became aggressive,” she says. “I don’t think I would have got through without it.”

To find out more about the support Sylvia received from Talking Point and her life with her husband watch this short film.

To find out more about Talking Point, visit the website here: http://forum.alzheimers.org.uk/forum.php

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