My name’s Chris Wright and since 1 January 2015, I’ve run at least 5km per day, every day, to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
When Marianne’s mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she asked her to move in with her. Being a carer wasn’t always easy, but Marianne wouldn’t have had it any other way.
All this week in the run up to Father’s Day we’ve be sharing our supporters’ pictures and memories of their dads.
Caring for a loved one with dementia can be very difficult. Now imagine doing it from the age of 10. Clare Brien, now 19, shares her story.
It became obvious a few years ago that things weren’t right with my sister. There was the memory loss, the muddling up of people’s names, forgetting what she was about to do – things that afflict us all as we grow older. We laughed about it, I remember.
In this blog, we’ll explore how common these genetic forms are and what role our genes play in non-genetic forms of Alzheimer’s.
Because I didn’t fully understand dementia, I made a lot of mistakes with my nan and did some things I wish I hadn’t.
I found a pile of your lists, Mum. They’re all from the same Christmas period. One list just states the presents and who they were for. Another details who they would be from (for when you wrote the gift tags), and where you were keeping them. A third list helped you keep track of which ones you’d wrapped.
There are so many cruel diseases out there, and they are all worthy of our support, but dementia does something really horrible – it takes away the essence of who a person is. It steals memories and the ability to make new ones, it forces carers to live with an often unknown version of the person they are caring for. And in the end it is fatal.
Dr Tim Shakespeare, an Alzheimer’s Research UK Research Fellow at UCL (University College London) has led the creation of a new free online course called ‘The Many Faces of Dementia’ which will start in March. Tim describes why he created the course and what you’ll learn.