Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Dementia and Shops



Dementia and Shops
I do wonder how many people with dementia struggle with the larger supermarkets these days.
Although I have never minded going shopping, since we got married, I am starting to wonder if I am becoming a grumpy old man when I enter one of these shops these days.
It’s bad enough trying to work out what you want, and then trying to find it. However these days, shops are starting to move things around… rather than leave them in the same stand at the same height. I gather that in some shops people know exactly which row an article is in and which side, so by moving it the store has you looking at other things that you may not want.
But these days for a bit more fun, (as well as dodging the shopping trolleys, being pushed by high speed old people), who want to be out of the shop before you get in, these stores are starting to pile other items in the aisles. Things the shop hopes you will buy even though you probably don't want it.
Its becoming like a race track chicane, so we are going from one side of the aisle to another, dodging everyone else while trying to remember what we came in for, and seeing where its been hidden.
I have heard shopping is being called retail therapy these days, which makes me wonder what people get out of it, because I do think that many need a therapist by the time they get their food shopping and get back home.
So am I becoming a grumpy old man... or do others think that these shops are becoming a hazard to all these days, whether they are healthy or have memory problems?
 


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I do wonder how many people with dementia struggle with the larger supermarkets these days.

Although I have never minded going shopping, since we got married, I am starting to wonder if I am becoming a grumpy old man when I enter one of these shops these days.

It’s bad enough trying to work out what you want, and then trying to find it. However these days, shops are starting to move things around… rather than leave them in the same stand at the same height. I gather that in some shops people know exactly which row an article is in and which side, so by moving it the store has you looking at other things that you may not want.

But these days for a bit more fun, (as well as dodging the shopping trolleys, being pushed by high speed old people), who want to be out of the shop before you get in, these stores are starting to pile other items in the aisles. Things the shop hopes you will buy even though you probably don't want it.

Its becoming like a race track chicane, so we are going from one side of the aisle to another, dodging everyone else while trying to remember what we came in for, and seeing where its been hidden.

I have heard shopping is being called retail therapy these days, which makes me wonder what people get out of it, because I do think that many need a therapist by the time they get their food shopping and get back home.

So am I becoming a grumpy old man... or do others think that these shops are becoming a hazard to all these days, whether they are healthy or have memory problems?

 

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