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15 Minutes Online Test For Dementia.  Daily Mail 14th May 2011

 

 

She walked away from the house one day and she didn’t know where she was and nobody knew where she was, so that was the end of my being able to take care of her because I couldn’t keep her safe any more.  Louis Theroux: Extreme Love II – Dementia, Janet, BBC 2012

 

We tell white lies all day long here.  ibid.  supervisor

 

The residents of the memory support unit exist in a twilight of half-remembered reality.  Staff have a philosophy of going along with the delusions of the residents.  ibid.  Louis

 

It’s reckoned that one in eight Americans aged sixty-five and over has Alzheimer’s, the most common cause of dementia.  The rates climb alarmingly with age ... Many sufferers are cared for at home by their loved ones.  ibid.

 

Nancy, what’s your name?  ibid.  Nancy’s husband

 

It can strike people in their forties or in rare cases even younger.  ibid.  Louis

 

The ones they love face a different kind of struggle.  ibid.

 

An ever shrinking circle of forgetfulness.  ibid.

 

 

The baby boomers are getting older, and will stay older for longer.  And they will run right into the dementia firing range.  How will a society cope?  Especially a society that can’t so readily rely on those stable family relationships that traditionally provided the backbone of care?  Terry Pratchett

 

 

Dementia is our most-feared illness, more than heart disease or cancer.  David Perlmutter

 

 

Dementia: with an ageing population it’s one of the fastest growing diseases in Britain.  Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day II, BBC 2013

 

 

New ways of treating the condition – bringing with them new hope ... One in three of us will develop dementia later in life.  Tonight: Living with Dementia, ITV 2014

 

Dementia is a progressive condition which strips people of their memories and destroys their ability to think and communicate.  ibid.

 

 

Imagine forgetting where everything is.  Being confused by a kettle.  And getting lost in your own home.  For 55-year-old Chris Roberts this is the reality of life with dementia.  Living with Dementia: Chris’s Story, BBC 2016

 

Chris is one of eight hundred and fifty thousand people living with Dementia in Britain today.  ibid. 

 

 

My relationship with my grandparents has always been unusually close … A brain-scan revealed that granddad was suffering from dementia and that’s when I started filming.  Granddad, Dementia & Me, Dominic, BBC 2017

 

If I could bear to watch them fall apart.  ibid.  

 

Mood swings and a dramatic loss of short-term memory.  ibid.

 

He is obsessed about nan.  He can swap between rage and sentimentality within half an hour.  ibid.  Dominic’s aunt

 

It got so bad we decided he needed medical help … and sectioned under the mental health act.  I was shocked such drastic action was taken.  ibid.  Dominic

 

It only took a couple of weeks for her [nan] to hit breaking point.  ibid.

 

There’s no happy ending to this story.  ibid.  Nan

 

 

I was a professional footballer for 20 years.  I was taught to head a football and practised sometimes over 100 times a day in training.  Never ever did I think heading footballs could be dangerous for me.  I know ex-footballers who have had this [dementia] … Could the beautiful game be dangerous?  Alan Shearer: Dementia, Football and Me, BBC 2017

 

Jeff [Astle] died in 2002 at the age of 59.  At his inquest the coroner said he died of dementia brought on by years of heading a football.  ibid.  

 

 

Family homes across the country are disappearing.  Sold to pay for long-term care.  So why in some areas can you get the same support for free?  Dispatches: How to Avoid the Dementia Tax, Channel 4 2017

 

Anyone with more than £23,250 in assets must pay towards that.  If they go into care, then the value of the house counts towards the cost provided no-one is living in it.  ibid.

 

 

‘No-one can give you a time-frame for how long you’ve got.’  Dementia & Us I, sufferer, BBC 2021

 

They are all dealing with different types of dementia: a set of diseases that will attack their brain-cells and get worse over time.  ibid.

 

Dementia is an umbrella term for many different conditions with no cure.  Alzheimer’s is the most common and typically starts by damaging the parts of the brain that processes recent memories.  ibid.   

 

 

What am I supposed to do?  I live on my own and I don’t understand it all.  All I know is that I can’t see my grandchildren, I can’t see my daughter and son in law, I can’t see my friends.  Dementia & Us II

 

Marion’s dementia is called … PCA: it started at the back of her brain affecting her vision, but as it spreads its impacting other areas too.  ibid.