The lonely strug­gle with de­men­tia

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

THIS week is De­men­tia Aware­ness Week and I would like your readers to spare a thought for the 750,000 peo­ple in the UK who are strug­gling with the re­lent­less, de­bil­i­tat­ing ad­vance of Alzheimer’s or de­men­tia, as well as those who care for them.

I work for a dis­abil­ity char­ity called Vi­talise. Each year we wel­come cou­ples af­fected by Alzheimer’s or de­men­tia to our UK respite cen­tres for much-needed breaks. We would like to salute the courage and dig­nity of the un­seen army of car­ers who are strug­gling day in, day out with the dev­as­tat­ing im­pact of Alzheimer’s or de­men­tia on some­one they love. Theirs is a lonely, stress­ful ex­is­tence. All they can do is watch and wait, pow­er­less to pre­vent their loved ones from drift­ing away.

To com­mem­o­rate De­men­tia Aware­ness Week we have pro­duced a video, in which car­ers talk can­didly about their ex­pe­ri­ences of liv­ing, cop­ing and com­ing to terms with the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects of de­men­tia. We think ev­ery­one should see it. It can be viewed on our web­site, www.vi­talise.org.uk

We sup­port many thou­sands of dis­abled peo­ple and car­ers each year through our es­sen­tial respite breaks, but there are so many more in dire need of help. We don’t take a penny from cen­tral gov­ern­ment, but rely on the gen­eros­ity of in­di­vid­ual sup­port­ers to con­tinue pro­vid­ing our des­per­ately-needed breaks. I would like to ask your readers to please sup­port our vi­tal work. Please call 0303 303 0147 or visit www.vi­talise.org.uk

COLIN BROOK,

Vi­talise 52 Up­per Street

London

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.