This Dementia Action Week, around 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK, and with an ageing population somebody is diagnosed every three minutes. But it doesn’t just affect the person with the condition, it can take a toll on those caring for a loved one.
Now well over a year into the pandemic, people with dementia and their families are still getting to grips with how lockdown impacted their wellbeing.
TV presenter Richard Madeley told The Big Issue about his mother’s dementia diagnosis and how she found comfort in her faith.
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My mother was diagnosed with dementia and lung cancer on the same day. Not, as she told me in a surprisingly relaxed phone call that evening, exactly the best 24 hours of her 80-odd years of life thus far.
Mum lived deep in rural Norfolk; her children – my sister and I – in Essex and North London respectively. We worked out a shift pattern of frequent visits between us, and as the months went by, additional local daily care for mum.