My husband was diagnosed with Altzeimers about 3 years ago. We have been married 57 years. We are both journalists. His memory is declining each day. I've managed to cope for 3 years or so but right now I am beginningto get concerned about our future and how I will cope. He had such a sharp clever mind and is still the light of my life. I can't see further ahead than the next week or two. My family are very good but they have their own lives to live. And anyway my husband is a bit grumpy and not the best of company. Don't really like to inflict him on them. He's my love and my responsibility. But I do need help - with finding help in our home, and finding a way to keep him interested - he can only focus on comedy programmes on tv such as Have I got News for you and Dads Army. And he withdraws when there are more than two people in the room. Conversation difficult. I do need objective help.
Which of these best describes you?
I am family - Not just now. I'm just exploring to see if there is anyone or thing that can suit my needs.
If your loved one was experiencing signs of dementia, would you keep it a secret?
No - We both decided we should be open about it
Who are you here for?
The thing I miss most is...
- Privacy and reading and writing. But I also think of how much I would miss my husband if he wasn't here.