Chris was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia in December 2012 at the age of 58 and Christmas is now very different for him and his family.
I like Christmas less and less. I used to enjoy Christmas parties, but now even family gatherings have become challenging. Shopping precincts are too busy, so my wife does all the Christmas shopping now and I just buy for her.
Chris’s wife, Rachael, says that Christmas has changed for her and the rest of the family too.
‘The biggest thing is that Chris finds it very difficult if there are too many people. We used to visit family on Boxing Day – there are about twenty of them – and he can’t cope with that anymore.’
YoungDementia UK offers information and support for people with young onset dementia and their families, tailored specifically around their needs.
Would you help us support people like Chris and Rachael by giving a gift this Christmas?
£20 could pay for an hour of individual support to help a person living with young onset dementia to continue enjoying a hobby. £40 could fund a support group session or, for £100, a person living with young onset dementia and their family can be provided with opportunities to socialise in a calm, welcoming environment through YoungDementia UK’s regular programme of events.
Thank you - and best wishes for a very merry Christmas.