Shock of loss may have been cause of illness
Lorane Braydon has frontotemporal dementia, a rare form of the condition.
For a number of years she had suffered memory loss, such as forgetting what people had just said, reaching a dangerous extent that she was leaving the cooker and taps on.
She said: “At first I thought it was forgetfulness, then I went to see my GP about it in December 2012 and a specialist a month later.”
She believes the dementia may have been triggered from the shock of losing both her parents within a year.
She had been a cleaner at a holiday park but had to retire because of her condition.
Fronototemporal dementia is more uncommon as it only affects around 16,000 people in the UK, usually under-65S.
It tends to affect the front and side lobes of the brain, largely responsible for abilities such as planning and organising. It usually affects younger people.