Thursday, 28 January 2021
As we stagger into a new year I keep thinking of all the families struggling with Alzheimer's at this appallingly difficult time. I can think of few worse situations than having a confused, disabled loved one in a care home, nursing home, hospital or lonely at home, bereft of all family contact. And I am deeply thankful that - if Nick really had to get this hideous disease and die - it happened in 2019 and not six, twelve or eighteen months later. My heart goes out to anybody currently coping with what we had to deal with a year earlier.
As many doctors and health professionals keep saying it's desperately sad (understatement) that over 100,000 people have died with Covid in the UK but there are many, many more with other illnesses who just aren't being talked about - or even granted the care, love and treatment they need.
So let's keep raising awareness. Alzheimer's was, until recently, deemed to be the biggest problem facing older people and the health services. It hasn't gone away. And it won't. There is no vaccine for Alzheimer's.
Funding for The Alzheimer's Diaries currently stands at 51%. We need a big push to achieve the target. I'm passionately grateful to everyone who has already supported it. Can all you lovely people now help me by telling lots and lots of others so that we get that last tranche of funding in place as soon as possible?
I refused to tempt fate by wishing anyone HNY this month. Instead I wish you all a BNY (better).