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Caring for someone with dementia – a personal story

Caring for someone with dementia can be both emotionally and practically challenging. Listening to others who have experienced similar situations is often re-assuring and can be helpful for you, your loved ones or when preparing questions for your doctor or a specialist.

The carer is a married teacher with her own family responsibilities (one daughter one granddaughter) looking after her widowed mother. She is the youngest daughter of three children. Her mother was diagnosed with dementia in 1996. She managed for a time to care for her mother in her mother's home which was nearby, but eventually had to agree to her going into a nursing home.

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This interview has been sourced from, award-winning research into patient experiences in conjunction with the Health Experience Research Group at Oxford University, UK.

healthdirect doesn't endorse any personal opinions expressed in the video, and we recommend you discuss any questions you have regarding unfamiliar terms or descriptions, as well as how this experience compares to the Australian health care system, with a health professional.

Copyright: ©2013 University of Oxford. Used under licence from DIPEx. All rights reserved.

Sources: (Caring for people with dementia, caring for parents, interview 11)

Last reviewed: February 2013

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