Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the competition
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What will the money be used for?
Case study 1 – Brian Humphries, carer of wife who has Dementia
Being diagnosed with Dementia is probably one of scariest times a family can experience. After realising the full extent of what Dementia is, what it does, the journey we’re embarking on and the direction that it is taking us in with absolutely no control over it whatsoever is one of the most depressing, heartbreaking and worrying times we hope we never have to experience. You feel alone, isolated, rejected and fearful that the future planned out together is now never going to happen and you start to grieve for the person you’ve just realised that you’re very slowly losing … with nowhere to turn. Finding help and support from the variousorganisations seems to happen by chance as you struggle to learn who is doing what from the myriad of organisations as you wrestle with the resulting confusion of who’s who and from where and how they’re supposed to help.
A one-stop-shop such as the UnityDEM Centre will bring order to the chaos surrounding already ‘grieving’ families and their loved one. Finding help and support to guide us through the early days. To find out the important information,benefits now that the carer can no longer work, research communities, support organisations and peer support groups to gain strength for each other.
As a carer, we are expected to ‘muddle through’ and do the best that we can, and we do. But the ability to learn new ways of communicating and caring for our loved ones and improve their quality of life in an ever diminishing world will bring hope and happiness in our ever more confusing world.
Case study 2 – Wendy
“We all had talents before a diagnosis of dementia entered our world, we don’t suddenly lose all those talents overnight when given that diagnosis. Many people seem to forget this. Sadly, the post code lottery of available support, meant services were sadly lacking. After the initial isolation and feelings of abandonment, I found the strength and personal resilience to adapt to a new way of living, to help myself instead of going into a state of depression. Strangely enough, dementia has opened up for me new opportunities. It’s so important to see the positives in order to cope with the daily struggles that dementia throws at you each day. I use to be a very private person but was so shocked at the lack of awareness and understanding of dementia, not only from the public, but healthcare professionals as well, that I’m now willing to shout from the rooftops about the reality of living with dementia”.
The support, information and care that Wendy clearly needed following her diagnosis is what we hope to provide at the UnityDEM Centre. We want to make sure that those individuals going through similar experiences do not feel isolated and abandoned as Wendy did, and do not have to cope alone. – Jaqueline Parkes, Professor in Applied Mental Health