In 2018 my mums second husband was diognosed with Alzheimer's. Frank helped my mum through difficult times and later became her husband. I will always be grateful to Frank for the peace of mind he provided for me during that time. I can't do anything to help Frank beat this horrible condition but I can raise awareness and a little money for those fighting to find a cure for this condition. For this reason, I've decided to use my platform to help raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society.
Franks story - By Jane
My husband, Frank was diagnosed with alzheimer's in 2018 at the age of 62 but he probably developed symptoms around a year prior.
People think of Alzheimer’s as only affecting the old & frail - This isn’t true.
They think of it as memory loss or confusion - But it is so much more than this.
He is still physically strong and to look at him you wouldn’t know there was anything wrong but try and hold conversation with him and his issues become evident.
He may lose track of the conversation part way through, forget who or what you were talking about or be unable to find the right words to reply.
He sleeps a lot because it’s so tiring keeping up with everyday life.
He wants to self isolate because he is still aware that he says the wrong things in company of others.
His appetite is poor, probably because of his failing sense of smell.
He has anxiety and depression, he gets angry, but as of yet, only with himself.
But he is always so grateful and humble, although mostly he is sorry;
- Sorry he forgot
- Sorry he doesn’t understand
- Sorry if he’s upset me
He constantly complains of physical ailments but this is because he can’t understand the mental and emotional things that are happening to him.
This wasn’t how our retirement years were supposed to pan out;
- It wasn’t supposed to be like this
- It wasn’t supposed to happen to us
- It wasn't supposed to be this hard
But luckily, a cure is probably just around the corner, too far ahead to benefit us. But it could benefit your Mum or Dad or husband or wife or brother or sister.
The Alzheimer’s society are working to ensure that within a generation or two, Alzheimer’s and Dementia will be a thing of the past.
Too late for us, but possibly, hopefully, not too late for you & yours.
Jane and Frank x
If you are in a position to help, you can donate below. For every donation made, we will offer a 5% discount for any services booked with us. A big thank you from all at J.K. Aidan Cleaning Services, Jane and Frank and everybody affected by Alzheimer's.