“5 weeks ago, I gave birth to my third beautiful daughter. She arrived safely and loudly and the whole family visited and celebrated.
My dad didn’t visit. My dad doesn’t know he has a new grandchild. My dad, who would spend hours playing with the other grandchildren in the garden up until 18 months ago, no longer knows who they are. He sits in his hospital bed, bewildering welcoming family members at visits. My baby daughter won’t have memories of playing with her grandad. My eldest might just be able to hold on to them.
I’m asking my local TD’s to invest in local infrastructures to support families with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Help to tell them where to go, what to expect, questions to ask. They can’t help with the heartbreak, but they can help guide families through it.”