I'm taking part in the Sydney Memory Walk & Jog for my Nonno and raising funds for people with dementia!
Dementia has affected our Nonno, Salvatore Panuccio for many years now. There is an estimated 149,250 people with dementia in NSW. Dementia is a term for diseases and conditions characterised by a decline in memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking skills that affect a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Many dementias are progressive, meaning symptoms start slowly and gradually get worse.
There are 7 stages to dementia:
Stage 1: No Impairment
In the first stage, a person with Alzheimer’s disease has no memory impairment with no evident symptoms of dementia. At this stage, Alzheimer’s disease is undetectable. This stage is also sometimes called No Cognitive Decline.
Stage 2: Very Mild Cognitive Decline
Begins to experience the typical forgetfulness associated with aging. They may forget where they left their car keys or their purse. These symptoms are typically not noticed by the individual’s family members or physician.
Stage 3: Mild Cognitive Decline
Individuals in this stage experience increased forgetfulness as well as slight difficulty with focus or concentration. They may get lost or begin to struggle to find the right words in communication. The average duration of stage three is approximately seven years prior to the onset of dementia.
Stage 4: Moderate Cognitive Decline
Will experience increased forgetfulness, often forgetting recent events, as well as difficulty concentrating, difficulty with problem-solving, and difficulty managing finances. They may have challenges when traveling to unfamiliar areas alone, and they may have difficulty performing complex tasks or organising and expressing thoughts.
Stage 5: Moderatley Severe Cognitive Decline
Major memory deficiencies are present beginning in stage five, and people in this stage of the disease may require assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and preparing meals. Memory deficits in this stage are severe, with individuals often forgetting prominent bits of information that affect their daily lives – such as their home address or phone number. They may not be able to identify where they are or what time of day it is. Stage five lasts, on average, one and a half years.
Stage 6: Severe Cognitive Decline
Marks a period in which a person requires substantial assistance to carry out day-to-day activities. They may have little memory of recent events and forget the names of close friends or family members. People in stage six may also begin to experience incontinence of bowel or bladder, and speech ability is often diminished. Significant personality changes may also be noticeable at this stage, as individuals may suffer from delusions, anxiety, or agitation. This stage lasts an average of about two and a half years.
Stage 7: Very Severe Cognitive Decline
At this stage, most people will have lost their ability to speak or communicate. They often require assistance with most of their activities, including toileting, eating, dressing, bathing, and other daily activities. This stage lasts an average of two and a half years.
There is a memory walk on the 24th May 2020 from 7am at Leichhardt Oval #3, Lilyfeild, Sydney NSW
We are asking for your help! If you would like to help raise money to help more people like my beautiful Nonno please go onto
https://www.memorywalk.com.au/ and look up 'The Panuccio's' to help us reach our goal in donating money towards the illness. We really appreciate you helping us reach our goal.
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Raised $100 - Bronze Dementia Warrior
Raised $500 - Silver Dementia Warrior
Raised $1000 - Gold Dementia Warrior
Raised $2000 - Platinum Dementia Warrior
Thank you to my Sponsors
Cleary And Ken Boots