Is Dementia Affecting Your Family?
Staggering facts in the news recently, as the population lives longer so do the risks of more of us suffering with dementia.
- Do you fear that you will one day face dementia?
- What’s it like to see a close relative turn into someone that you don’t recognise?
- Are we doing enough to help dementia sufferers?
Here are some reactions I have received & my thoughts to them
Graham, I’m a man now in my 80’s & sadly can’t cope with being my wife’s carer any longer, she has dementia & realise that she will need to go into a home very soon. I feel that I have let her down.
GT: My mother has suffered with dementia for around 5 years now & like you my dad was her carer until last summer – he then told the family that he could not cope any longer & needed to get fulltime care for my mum – She went into residential care at Christmas. At 1st it was tough on all the family as we all felt we had let her down, the guilt was tremendous. 6 months on my mum is now settled into her new home & dad is feeling better about things – He has his life back. So yes it’s tough to face but a necessary action you need to take if you can no longer cope.
I’m a woman in my 50’s & seen both my mother & my grandmother suffer with dementia, it’s been awful to watch them change in front of my eyes. I’m so scared that the same is going to happen to me.
GT: There is no reason at all why you should develop dementia either now or later in life just because other members of your family have – But keep a check on it – early diagnosis helps so much.
Graham – Why do we let our elderly suffer like this in the UK, its criminal?
GT: Thankfully our current Government have realised this is a major issue & have said they are putting more money & resources into this condition.
So, In Summary…
Seeing my own mother suffer with dementia I know only too well how distressing it is for them & the rest of the family. As yet there is no cure – but the condition can be slowed down by drugs. Please visit a doctor at the 1st signs of it – believe me it will help.
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