Younger vs Older onset dementia?

Dementia is a syndrome, and is the gradual deterioration of functioning, such as thinking, concentration, memory, and judgment, which affects a person’s ability to perform normal daily activities. It is a terminal illness. There are approximately 100 types or causes of dementia; Alzheimer’s disease is one type of dementia, and is the most common type of…

Dementia, driving and the loss of independence

Yesterday in a practice session of one of the interviewing techniques of Narrative Therapy, I was interviewed about a recent problem in my life. I elected to discuss the impact of losing my driver’s license, and unearthed a mini maelstrom of feelings I had not given much thought to previously. I’d thought the emotional burden…

Facing the future with dementia

An online friend has given me some topics to write about, and today I thought I’d try a NaNoWriMo style writing of this one; “How do you feel about what the future holds for you – the future in 1 year, in 2 years and in 5 years?  How does it make you feel? What…

The changes brought on by dementia

The changes brought on by dementia are relentless, yet most people don’t see them as disabilities just as external symptoms. Many also think it is a mental illness, which it is not. The word Dementia is taken from Latin, originally meaning madness; no wonder we struggle against the myths! And so, we are regularly defined…

Grief, Insight and Acceptance with dementia

Loss and grief is a normal part of accepting a terminal illness. It is more often associated with death, and this can make the experience of loss in dementia even more difficult, as we don’t accept or validate that what we are going through is a grieving process. Grief after a diagnosis of dementia is…

The impact of a diagnosis of younger onset dementia

Younger onset dementia is simply the diagnosis of a person under the age of 65 with dementia. It varies significantly, but the impact on a person under this age and their families is very different to someone over the age of 65. Usually the person is still in paid employment They may still have school…

Feeling the love

A friend wrote to me recently, and talked about the notion of being like a politician, or a sycophant and only wanting comments about my writing from those who agreed with my opinion, or showed their approval for me. Whilst it took me some time to even understand what she meant, this comment nailed it, “That is…