Tag Archives: dementia

Turning Ninety With Dementia

31 May
Me with Grandma

Today is my Grandma’s 90th Birthday – 90th! It’s such an incredible age to reach; there are so many people who don’t get to anywhere near 90, and yet Grandma has.

My uncle threw her a birthday barbecue on Sunday, and there were quite a few family members there. Four sons, two daughters-in-law, and three granddaughters. One uncle brought his two dogs over as Grandma loves them, and another uncle is visiting for the week from Denmark especially for her birthday. It was a lovely, lovely day, and she really enjoyed herself.

Reaching 90, Grandma is bound to have had a wealth of experiences. She has seven children, 13 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Because of two of her sons living in various places over the years, she’s visited a number of countries. There are so many things I would love to ask her, but so many things I’ll never know the answer to.

Why? Because Grandma has vascular dementia. Continue reading

A Hope For a Brighter 2016

13 Dec
A Hope for a Brighter 2016

2015 is coming to an end now, and I absolutely cannot wait. I’m not waiting with excitment, I’m waiting full of sadness. 2015 has been an incredibly awful year.

Back in April, my Nan died. The cancer she had been battling for over a year finally beat her. We knew that her sister Jane had cancer too,and was diagnosed in 2014, but with treatment she was doing well and the doctors were hopeful. Towards the end of Summer, we discovered we were told wrong. Her cancer was terminal.

A few weeks later, their brother, Paul, went into hospital with pneumonia. While there, he had a stroke, and now has dementia. Not the slow, progressive kind; within the space of two weeks, Paul went from being fine, to not recognising his own daughter, and completely forgetting his older sister had died. Continue reading