Category Archives: dementia

Carers Week 2015: Radio turns the spotlight on invisible workforce

Thursday 11 June 2015

I lost count of the times I cried

Three years ago I received a series of phone calls in the night. My 85-year-old aunt, who suffered from advanced dementia, had fallen over in her bedroom. Her carer, Tsitsi, had heard the crash, wrapped her in blankets and called an ambulance. The paramedics took four hours to arrive, so Tsitsi sat with her and called me hourly with updates on her condition.

Relatives of dementia sufferers who die in care homes having to wait months

New rules say state inquests into the deaths must take place prior to a funeral

Relatives of dementia sufferers who pass away in care homes are being forced to wait months to bury loved ones because of new rules.

Families are being caught up by regulations that require state inquests into the deaths of many Alzheimer’s sufferers before funerals can take place – even when there is little mystery over the cause of death.

Our life under the shadow of Alzheimer’s

 As Dementia Awareness Week ends, 33-year-old MATT KELLY tells how his family coped when his mother was diagnosed with early onset dementia at just 54.

My parents, Gillian and Martin Kelly, met at a pub called The Bell, in Northfield, Birmingham.

Martin was fresh home from his travels across Europe and was out with mutual friends; it was the perfect blend of love at first sight and right place, right time.