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Dementia made its permanent mark on my family six years ago, when my nunu (grandfather), Frank was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, at only 70 years of age. My family and I felt robbed, confused and were in denial. We could not believe that this has become our new reality. Frank had always had the best memory, being able to recall things with complete clarity.
Our journey with dementia began when my nunu was referred to see a geriatrician, after presenting with sporadic forgetfulness and confusion. At this time, Frank’s condition was dismissed as being the result of “ageing”, and yet it was so ‘severe’ that he had to forfeit his driver’s licence. Some time had passed when Frank was referred to see a second specialist and this was when he was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, accompanied with some signs of vascular dementia, after having suffered a couple of minor strokes.
Since Frank’s diagnosis, my nanna has become his primary carer. This proved very challenging, as my nunu began to deteriorate and become more dependent on my nanna. So Frank’s four daughters organised a roster, where each of them would choose two nights every week to assist my nanna in dressing, showering and putting Frank to bed.
Today, Frank is permanently bound to a wheelchair, but thankfully still living in the familiarity of his own home and under the care of his loving wife. Every morning, nursing staff help prepare my nunu for the day, and in the evenings our family is there to put him to sleep.
After seeing firsthand just how much dementia has stolen from my nunu, my family and I wanted to raise more awareness for this terrible, debilitating illness. When we heard about Dementia Australia’s Memory Walk & Jog, we knew this would be the perfect opportunity to raise funds for services aimed at other Australians living with dementia, like Frank.
Our family is overwhelmed by the sheer support, loving messages and funds that we have raised thus far on our Memory Walk & Jog journey, after having only set our goal to $500. Amazingly, we have already raised almost triple this amount, in just one week, since going live with this fundraiser on Facebook. We are all extremely thankful for everyone’s unwavering support during this time.
Despite all that dementia has stolen from my nunu, Frank, it will never steal our undying love for an amazing, kind-hearted and selfless grandfather, father and husband.
Sponsor Danielle and Team Frank
If you or anyone you know needs assistance with coping with dementia, or if these stories cause any distress, please call our National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.
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