For my grandfather, having dementia meant that he didn't recognise his loved ones. It was a very confusing time for him that lead to agressive feelings that were never a part of his original personality. Watching him go through this was very difficult for us all as he had always been such a kind and gentle person.
Dementia effects everybody in different ways. 1 in 4 people over the age of 85 have dementia; it is the second leading cause of death in Australians.
In Australia there are more than 413,106 Australians living with dementia. Without a medical breakthrough, the number of people with dementia is expected to reach 1,100,890 by 2056.
I hope that whatever contribution I can help fundraise may make a difference and lead to research that will help people and families going through the same situation our family did.
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