My grandma was diagnosed with Dementia last year.
If I’m honest I didn’t know much about it at the time, however since the diagnosis I have noticed a significant rise in the number of reports on Alzheimer’s and dementia in the news and media. Personally I’ve grown a lot more aware of mental health and I have come to realise we are not the only family going through this.
Around 225,000 people develop dementia every year and I now have a first hand experience of how important our memories are and the need for a world without dementia.
Every time I visit my Grandma she often doesn’t have a clue who I am, but I almost find a little joy every time I DO trigger a memory and she says ” REMY?” in her little high pitched Guyanese accent “Oh yes you’ve got so big now!”
It’s sad to know that with each year that goes by, despite looking physically well and looking bloody good for her 80+ years on this earth, she’s missing out on new memories. Although, it’s also fascinating to hear what she CAN remember. Often she’ll trail off into a story from her childhood, naming names we’ve never heard of and reliving moments in her past. It often seems as though she’s there and her former friends and family are right there with her in the room, outshining us all.
Nonetheless my Nanny is still full of life and enjoys spending time with her friends and family and I am so grateful for the memories I am savouring! In support of the alzheimer’s society my aunt has signed the whole family up for this year’s Memory Walk on Saturday 3rd September!
This September and October Memory Walks will be taking place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to raise money for a world without dementia.
I’ll be joined by my aunts and cousin’s as The Wickham Family walks for Dementia and for my Nanny!
If you would like to donate and support us on this walk you can do so HERE
For more information about the walk and how you can get involved go to https://www.memorywalk.org.uk/
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