I was a carer to my dad for over 12 years and if I had known at the beginning what I know now, it would have made things a lot easier.

    I am writing this blog as an aide to those people who care for someone with dementia.

    To be clear, I am not a nurse, doctor, or posses any formal medical qualifications or knowledge. The information and advice I post here is advisory and you should always seek advice from a medical professional.

    This blog is based on my experiences of looking after my dad who had Frontotemporal dementia and Parkinson's disease. He passed away in August 2016.

    Although dementia and Parkinson's are two separate diseases, they do tend to go hand in hand. So, if an elderly person gets Parkinson's, they will likely get dementia too. But a person getting Parkinson's disease, especially a younger person, may never get dementia. The best example of this is the American actor Michael J Fox who got Parkinson's at a very young age.

    Dementia is a disease. It is not

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