Dementia. Currently there is no prevention or cure for this disease. I started noticing changes in my Dad’s behaviour 8 years ago when he was just 61! 2 years later after brain scans he was formally diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Living with Dementia can have a big emotional, social, psychological and practical impact on a person and their families. Many people with Dementia describe these impacts as a series of losses and adjusting to them is challenging not only for the individual but also for those supporting them. Each day I have first hand experience of living with Dementia, seeing the day to day impact that this has on my dad, my mother, myself and my brother.
The frustrations too can be that my dad still looks the same and yet his functioning is limited.
Sadly and rather disappointingly I have witnessed my dad being avoided, discriminated and even made fun of because of his illness. Having said that he has received so much love and support, care and understanding which is incredible and I am so grateful to those kind people.
As a daughter of a Dementia sufferer I want to raise more awareness of Dementia and in doing so I also hope to raise money for the charity Dementia UK.
In September 2019 I will be flying out to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. This will be a 4 day climb up with a 2 day descend. I am funding my trip myself so any money I do raise will all go to Dementia UK.
This challenge is sure to put me through so many emotions in preparing and doing the challenge. I am excited, nervous but overall determined 💙
Thank you for reading my page and please donate if you are able to.
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