Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Raising Awareness | Alzheimers & Dementia

This is a slightly different post today, Its one that I feel really passionate about.
When I first heard that NRS Healthcare were working on a social campaign about raising awareness to dementia and Alzheimer's disease I wanted to get involved straight away.

My nan suffered with dementia, Its a little bit of a blur if I'm honest even though it was only a couple of years ago but at the time it went so quickly. My nan had a huge personality she was witty and incredibly funny and was extremely independent. She was the glue that kept my entire family together. She was always there for us when we needed her and she was everybodys agony aunt.
When the disease first hit her my auntie cared for her, well she cared for her for years but when we found out she had dementia and after my auntie did all she could she had to go into a home so she could get constant care. The first one wasn't all that great so we changed homes for her and she loved it. She loved the people and they loved her and on good days we would visit her and she would be her old self and make jokes and tell us what she was up to and on bad days we would visit and she wouldn't know who we were, which hurt. A lot. It was extremely hard watching the rock of the family deteriorate and not know who we were anymore or asking for her deceased parents which was heartbreaking, we were grieving for our nan who was still here we could see her and cuddle her but she wasn't truly there anymore. Its the hardest thing in the world to be completely helpless to the one person that would help anybody. All this happened really quick, she didn't suffer for years which some people do It began getting to her in August 2014 and in march 2015 it had got the better of her and we lost her.

I didn't know anybody at the time that had been through this but its a lot more common than what I initially thought, even a lot of celebrities, Gene wilder was battling with it and that shocked me, its not based on lifestyle or anything it can sadly happen to anyone. A lot of people deal with this on there own and a lot of people go undiagnosed and people assume its just old age. Its not and its serious. Dementia & Alzheimer's doesn't just affect the person it attacks it affects everybody around them, the care that goes into looking after somebody with this disease in my opinion has to be one of the hardest. I wish I knew more on the illness at the time but that's the main reason I wanted to get involved in this campaign with NRS Health care to raise as much awareness as possible.

NRS Health care are a provider of disability and living aids, they have been releasing facts over the course of the month about the conditions ranging from how many people they affect and how carers can get support and what research is being done for the future.

You can find out a lot more on there Facebook and Twitter pages and to share and spread awareness. 

Have you been affected by the illness? Let me know in the comments 



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