Women and dementia #DAM2015 Day 4

This covers some of my angst as a woman, a mother, and a wife, living with younger onset dementia… Watching this devoted son, caring for his mother, is truly gut wrenching.



19 thoughts on “Women and dementia #DAM2015 Day 4

  1. What a wonderful and heartwarming story Kate-thankyou soooo much for sharing and i loved watching that stroy. What a selfless and loving son and if i had all the time in the world on my hand i would do that too but unfortunately lots of people(me and my family included)can’t do it because of financial reasons but if i was able to i would do it too as long as i didn’t get too exhausted. This family is an amazing family and i can feel there sadness and sorrow-they said such lovely words about her-irish people are lovely(even though i have never been to Europe). I have learnt so much from this story. No one else in my family is there yet and hope never. I hope my Grandad doesn’t end up like this lady-he is continually declining-doesn’t talk much and his congitive state is declining to the point he didn’t know what nationality he was and where he is from. So sad. This story made me learn lots about choice too-people make “good” choices who choose to spend time with there ill parents yet some people make “bad” choices and choose to neglect them and don’t think or care about them-my Auntie sadly does that. Hope you have a good weekend Kate and your husband enjoyed Auckland!


  2. What an amazing young man. I started volunteering in aged care in 2005. My working life had been in law. I eventually started volunteering with a Leisure and Lifestyle Officer. I was very naive where dementia was concerned but I started to see things which to me were not right. I completed my Certe IV in Leisure and Health in 2012. I wanted to understand more about dementia and what I could do to make a difference. Yes, a cliche but I could see that residents with a dementia diagnosis were not receiving the care I would expect to receive if I had had that diagnosis. I’m still on that journey. Thank you again Kate. Keep well and know that you are making a difference. Bron xo


  3. That video was very touching. It reminded me of my Caregiver days caring for my Mom with the same illness. The reality is diffucult to deal with, especially seeing the changes in a parent or close relative. Or a close friend for that matter. This video captured that essence.


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