Getting out from behind my desk to go and talk first hand about Alzheimer’s Research UK is a privilege I enjoy as part of my job, but the most amazing part is the people I meet through our work. One Saturday in the summer, I drove through the picturesque countryside near Bedford to the small […]
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On three occasions this week patients have said to me ‘In our house, I am the brains and my husband (or wife) is the brawn’. What they were all trying to explain was how each one of the couple is no longer independently strong but precariously leaning as a result of health issues. Like the […]
My mum Elizabeth, died on 5 December 2011. She was 77. She had been a nurse in Africa and a midwife and health visitor and when Alzheimer’s disease crept slowly into her brain, she knew what it would mean. She was to me simply the most beautiful person I ever knew. Her kindness, intelligence and […]
The internet is a dumping ground and finding words of any worth in the flotsam and jetsam can be a chore.
In spite of this, Alzheimer’s Research UK – a charity of which I’ve been patron since 2008 – believes more words in the form of a new dementia blog might tempt people away from cat videos long enough to read something of substance. Are they right?
I’ve never really taken part in a challenge for charity before; to be honest I’m not one to indulge in strenuous exercise much either. But recently I found myself signing up to do a 450km cycle challenge across Vietnam for Alzheimer’s Research UK and am about to embark on a journey that will test and push some emotional, mental and physical boundaries.
Five years ago, my mother went missing. My father and I searched for her to no avail until the following day. After a very long night of worry, the police found her 50 miles away wandering around someone’s garden. She was confused and had clearly spent the night under a hedge. It transpires that she had had a ’vascular episode’ which eventually resulted in a diagnosis of combined Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.