When asked to recall his wife’s name, Theo’s eyes filled with tears.
Penny’s father was never an emotional man. But today, when she asks him to recall his wife’s name, his eyes fill with tears.
Theo still recognises his wife of over 40 years, but lately he’s been struggling to remember her name. And it’s not because at 77, he’s becoming a little forgetful.
It was only after his son-in-law noticed symptoms his own grandmother had experienced, that Theo was eventually diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia.
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"At first my sisters just wrote it off as memory loss, not a big deal. Mum was in denial and thought he was just being difficult," Penny remembers.
"A colleague gave me a stack of information from Dementia Australia to share with my family. That’s when the gravity of dad’s condition hit home for them."
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With a small family in Australia, Penny’s mum has been caring for Theo full-time.
"She gets frustrated and angry at times. She struggles to understand that he’s sick because there are no visible signs of his illness," Penny says.
Through Dementia Australia’s resources, Penny was able to explain Theo’s condition to her mum and family and developed tools and strategies on how to best support him.
Watching your loved one become a stranger brings unbelievable heartache. And the day-to-day challenges of caring for someone with an invisible illness can be overwhelming.
Please help us put an end to the heartbreak and ease the load for families such as Penny’s with a gift today.