Category Archives: Parkinsons

West Suffolk: Husband’s love helps keep Dorothy’s dementia at bay

Brian Atkinson and his wife Dorothy are backing our Forget Me Not campaign

Emma Brennan West Suffolk chief reporter
emma.brennan@archant.co.uk
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
10:00 AM

Brian Atkinson and his wife Dorothy are backing our Forget Me Not campaign 

During the past six years of their long and happy marriage, that promise has certainly been put to the test after Mrs Atkinson was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2008.

Two years later, the condition developed into Lewy bodies (DLB), a type of dementia that shares symptoms with both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Since then her memory has been deteriorating progressively.

Mr Atkinson, 86, who is supporting our Forget-Me-Not campaign for West Suffolk Hospital, said: “Dorothy can remember family history and things like that, but not what happened two hours ago.

Widower forced to pay carer £3,500 compensation because his wife died

Widower forced to pay carer Jayne Wakefield £3,500 compensation because his wife died

A 77-year-old widower has been forced to pay £3,500 compensation to a carer who was ‘unfairly dismissed’ after his wife died.

A 77-year-old widower has been forced to pay £3,500 compensation to a carer who was 'unfairly dismissed' after his wife died.

George Lomas from Scholar Green, Stoke, with a picture of his wife Rose Photo: Newsteam

A widower will have to pay out £3,500 in compensation after the carer he treated “like a daughter” brought a claim against him for unfair dismissal when his wife died.

Jayne Wakefield, 55, had been working 30 hours a week to care for 76-year-old Rose Lomas, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease, until her death in March this year.

But when George Lomas reduced the care worker’s hours following his wife’s death, Mrs Wakefield resigned, saying she had not been given enough notice of the change.

An earlier employment tribunal rejected Mrs Wakefield’s claim that he had breached their contract, but this was overturned on appeal.

“How was I supposed to give notice? You don’t have notice when your wife is going to die,” Mr Lomas said following the tribunal.

Golfers tee-off in first pan disabled open tournament

Thursday, 01 August 2013

MORE than 60 golfers with disabilities flocked to High Barnet on Monday for the UK’s first ever pan-disabled Open Golf tournament.

Taking a swing: One golfer taking part


The event organised by The Golf Trust, an inclusive golfing charity, was held at The Shire London golf course in St Albans Road and brought together disabled golfers of all ages and abilities including amputees, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s sufferers, stroke survivors, blind, deaf and visually impaired people, as well as golf enthusiasts with learning difficulties.

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