It’s the little things that make Christmas special.
The first smell of pine, mulled wine held in cold hands, the doorbell ringing with the family outside.
The little things can also be the easiest to forget. Have I bought the stocking fillers? How long has the turkey been in the oven for? How old is John’s daughter now?
For people living with young onset dementia in the UK, awareness of their condition starts with the little things.
Rae is a piano teacher from Sheffield. She spent a huge part of her life bring music into youngsters’ lives. Rae thought that playing the piano would be part of her life forever.
Out of the blue, Rae started experiencing black holes in her memory. It was the first sign that something was wrong.
At just 49, Rae was diagnosed with young onset dementia. Very quickly, she was forced to give up teaching music and found herself desperately alone.
The rapid impact of the condition meant that Rae was struggling to cope, until a friend introduced her to YoungDementia UK.
Thankfully, Rae is now part of YoungDementia UK’s Sheffield activity group where she gets the opportunity to get out of the house and spend time with people who understand her condition.
Young onset dementia may have taken the piano from Rae’s life, but it won’t take away friendship.
It’s these little things that still give her hope, but we can only support her and others because of supporters like you.
Please donate today. Any amount, big or small, will help us fund and expand the vital services we run throughout the year.
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