Alzheimer’s Disease affects every member of the family: they must all confront this without choice, it is ‘the family disease’ and yet the family is hardly given any support, solace or even recognition. When we talk about Alzheimer’s Disease, we speak not only of the patient but of the family: the hidden patient. Over 600,000 people in England alone suffer from some form of dementia: that’s a vast quantity of families who need support or even acknowledgement.
The stories that follow offer a glimpse of the trials these three families must face. The compassion they have; the dedication they had; the love they lost; the sadness they face; the pain and the brief moments of recollection they share. It aims to provide information and understanding, to provoke in the reader some compassion and empathy. But most of all it aims to inspire the reader to appreciate, respect and love their own family.
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