Today is World Alzheimer's Day. With over 46 million people worldwide believed to be living with dementia, it's highly likely that you, or someone you know, cares for a loved one affected by the condition. Here's an extract from a poem written by a Revitalise guest and carer:
'Caring for one with dementia is a lonely affair,
because of 'you as a person' they're no longer aware.
They're living their life in their own little bubble,
unaware you have needs and might need a cuddle.
They lose all awareness of concept of time,
so can live in the past or repeat the same sentence, time after time,
and if they want lunch in the middle of the night,
you cannot convince them that the time isn't right.
You take on the money, the cooking, the care,
so there's no time for the 'you' that's hiding in there.
But, having said all these things it can also be sunny,
when they suddenly smile or do something funny.'
If you'd like to leave a comment for us in response to the poem, we would love to hear from you. Thank you!