Even with excellent YoungDementia UK One to One support mini-breaks, I got very isolated during the years of looking after a wife whose Alzheimer’s just kept on getting worse, so that I could never risk leaving her on her own in the house.
That’s why I really enjoyed Walk & Talks when they were introduced in 2011. For the first time in years I could talk freely to other people in a similar situation, who would understand what I was going through. I had conversation, with some humour. And we were all out together in the countryside, not trapped in our houses.
A few years on, Isobel is in a care home and though I take her out on two mornings a week, I now have the time to organise these Walk & Talks. I enjoy country walking, so I’m doing something that I know will help other people who are experiencing what I’ve been through.