Gary and his family are facing their first Christmas without Dorothy

"Dorothy and I were married for 57 years. She was my heroine. Most of all, I miss her company." – Gary, whose wife, Dorothy, had Alzheimer’s disease

Gary and Dorothy met in 1961. For nearly six decades the couple were inseparable as they married, started a business and raised four beautiful daughters.

Now, for the first time in 57 years, Gary is facing Christmas without the love of his life.

The condition that claimed the life of Gary’s beloved wife is now the leading cause of death of women in Australia.

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After Dorothy’s diagnosis, Gary was determined not to leave her side. For eight years he cared for her at home as her health deteriorated rapidly.

"Dementia Australia offered us help straight after Dorothy was diagnosed," said Gary. "It took me a while to talk her into accepting it, but it was tremendous. I can’t speak highly enough of all the support they gave us."

For a family facing the daily challenges of dementia, it can be life-changing to have someone to turn to for information, guidance, counselling and peer support.

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Christmas Appeal 2019 - Gary and his family are facing their first Christmas without Dorothy