My mother was diagnosed with vascular dementia in October 2015 following a series of mini strokes that meant she no longer recognised the home she had lived in for twenty years.

Following the move to a care home, I have been trying to learn how to make her days less anxious than they invariably are. Promoting wellbeing is a huge challenge in the face of a disease that strips away memories. We are the sum of our memories, and we rely on our recent recall to know what to do next. With a deteriorating ability to remember and store new information, my mother frequently becomes confused, distraught and extremely apprehensive.

I decided to start this blog to share my experiences and anything useful that I learn with others, and to provide a platform for people going through a similar journey, to do the same.

To introduce myself and my mother, I start with a short letter I wrote for the Guardian’s ‘A letter to…’ section where readers are encouraged to write the letter they always wanted to write but couldn’t.

2 thoughts on “Introduction to Julia’s dementia blog

  1. Have a look st My Home Life Cymru and Suzy Webster’s blogs ( Suzy is the Co ordinator).
    I used to be Chair of this wonderful programme initially funded for 6 years from Welsh Government. Now it resides in Centre for Ageing and Dementia research at Swansea University

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