BBC New Interview about my experiences as a carer for my Mum who has younger on-set Alzheimer's Disease

This week I was interviewed by the BBC to help shed a light on the struggles of being a paid and non-paid carer for a loved one. As I’ve previously touched on, my Mum has younger on-set Dementia. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease at age 59 when I was just 27 years old. In 2016 I gave up work to become her carer and it has been an extremely difficult, emotional and often, scary, position to be in. I was really grateful to the BBC for giving me some airtime on both the BBC Wales Today show and on the BBC News website. TheseRead More →

When I took on the role as my Mum’s PA / Carer, one of the first tasks I had in mind was a bloody good clear out. Over the years her house had become extremely cluttered and I found it to be discombobulating, so I can’t even begin to imagine how she must have felt. During an epic afternoon of brutality inside the kitchen cupboards, I stumbled across old recipe cards, books, and magazines. Some recipes I recognised from my childhood, such as ‘Puff Top Steak Pie’ which was a classic cheap, yet wholesome meal we loved. It might sound fancy, but the steak elementRead More →

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Sorry for any typos or shitty writing in general, I find it hard to constantly read back over my words. It’s very much written on the fly. How different would my life be if my Mum didn’t have Alzheimer’s Disease? We could meet up over food or simply watch a movie together. We’d do some arts and crafts, go to a concert or just talk about life like we used to. I miss her. I miss her so much my heart feels like it’s been hammered and disfigured when I even contemplate thinking of how it could have been. If I allow those thoughts toRead More →

'Death in slow motion' is a haunting phrase used to describe feelings of grief family members often feel while caring for someone with Alzheimer's Disease

I haven’t been able to write for days. Since I took some time off from social media and blogging, I haven’t been able to get back into it with the same level of passion and excitement. I have all the best intentions in the world, but those intentions aren’t helping form words. I’m currently sat here in the middle of the afternoon eating a chocolate mousse topped with whip cream. Last night I indulged in a big bowl of pasta with cheese and this morning a buttery croissant. This is a pretty clear indication that somethings up. That’s one of the gifts of age, figuringRead More →

As a carer for my Mum who has early onset dementia, I'm always thinking of ways to help brighten up her home. I love this print from Created by Magic. Click through to take a look and get 15% off your order!

As I’ve written about previously, I’m a part-time carer for my Mum who has younger on-set dementia at 63. As well as daily caring life, I’m always trying to think of ways to keep her home bright and cheerful. Mum’s absolute favourite colour is pink, in all shade variations. From her bright pink shoes to baby pink toaster, it’s what puts a smile on her face which should always be the aim, in my humble opinion. When you’re caring for a family member who has dementia, all rhyme and reason go out of the window pretty quickly. The non-dementia version of my Mum probably wouldn’tRead More →

My Mum has early-on set Alzheimer’s Disease and was diagnosed around the age of 60, but had signs well before then. Back in April of this year, I decided to start a new blog called ‘a dementia diary’, which enabled me to document my journey as my Mum’s official ‘PA’ (Personal Assistant) and carer. Now, my ‘day job’ is making sure she’s healthy, happy and able to live as independently as possible, for as long as possible. This is the most important job I’ve ever had. How Caring Has Changed Me I’ve been caring for my Mum professionally for ten months now, and my roleRead More →

This is possibly the most personal piece of writing that I’ve ever put out there. My aim is to make people aware of early on-set Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects the individual but also the children. My Mum was a single parent to three daughters and we are all under the age of thirty five. Obviously, when you hear the word ‘dementia’ – the natural association is with someone in their eighties, with children who are a lot older. There is a stigma and ignorance surrounding the word ‘dementia’ which is one of the main reasons that I decided to speak out. I can’t describeRead More →