‘Why write about dementia?’ – Introducing our new Online Editor Christina Macdonald
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My friends have asked me this question many times. Surely I should write about a more cheerful topic? After years of writing about health and fitness, I’ve got some very strong reasons for writing about dementia. My mother Hazel has vascular dementia and caring for her has been a huge learning curve, as well as the most stressful and challenging period of my life. But there are upsides. I have to say it’s made me a better person. I’m more patient now. Because when someone you love has dementia, you can’t blame them when they ask the same questions, repeat the same stories, or forget what you told them five minutes ago. They are frustrated themselves and often confused. They need support and understanding.
When you care for a person with dementia, you feel exhausted, frustrated, emotionally drained and often isolated. Friends are sympathetic, but it feels like they are getting on with their lives not really understanding the emotional stresses and practical challenges faced by carers. It’s a lonely path. People mean well, but no one truly understands, unless they’ve experienced dementia for themselves.
That’s why I’m so keen to share my personal experiences of living with dementia. By talking to others, I’ve realised that I’m not alone and many carers and relatives of those with dementia face the same challenges. I’m going to be sharing my experiences through my regular blogs and by doing so, I hope others will feel less isolated and more empowered to care for their loved ones and know that they are not alone.