NRS Healthcare – Raising Alzheimer’s Awareness

I lost my nan to an aggressive form of Alzheimer’s. This was in 1998, but even today, almost 20 years on, I can still remember everything in vivid detail, from the moments when we cried with despair that there was nothing we could do, and laughed out loud because it was the only thing to do. Alzheimer’s takes away the person you love, even if they are still there in body, and despite the fact that it affects so many people – 1 in 14 people over 65, 1 in 6 people over the age of 80, it is still a disease that we seem to know so little about, or talk about in any sort of real detail.

cstlpt2umaagjtd-jpg-large NRS Healthcare, a provider of disability and living aids are currently in the middle of a really worthwhile social campaign designed to bring more awareness to all aspects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. They are supporting World Alzheimer’s month by sharing one interesting fact about the disease every day throughout September through their Twitter account at @NRSHealthcare. There are facts about factors that can increase the chance of developing Alzheimer’s, as well as suggesting things that could help those who have developed the disease.

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I applaud this campaign whole- heartedly. When my nan faced the disease, the stress and pressure on the immediate family were immense, especially in the days when we were struggling to get used to the diagnosis. It is hard to have to break the news to your mother that your father has died, an horrific groundhog day where they grieve over and over. My nan had vivid memories of her childhood and youth, knocking on doors of houses where she had lived as a girl inquiring about her sisters and parents. Yet she couldn’t remember to pay the bills, or what had happened the day before, and eventually people were forgotten too, lost in some fog in the mind that mercilessly takes away all the things that make a person so special. Think of those houses destroyed during the blitz, a facade left standing with nothing behind it. That is Alzheimers.

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We need campaigns like NRS Healthcare’s, and days like National Alzheimer’s day (21st September) to raise the awareness of what people live with on a day to day basis, and how their loved ones are suffering, often in silence, as they try to shoulder a burden.

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26 thoughts on “NRS Healthcare – Raising Alzheimer’s Awareness

  1. Aw, sorry about your nan! I’ve had someone close to me die from Dementia and it’s just watching their memories slip away, I was fortunate they never stopped recognising who I was but it was heartbreaking to know a lot of shared memories, he no longer had. Thanks for bringing this day to light x

  2. Great post. I’m sorry to hear about your Nan. I’ve had many loved ones suffer from Dementia and it’s a horrible condition.

  3. This is a really good campaign that I hadn’t heard of until now. Alzheimer’s really scares me and I’ll be making sure I donate on the 21st x

  4. This is a very interesting post, and a very worthwhile campaign. I’m sorry to hear about your nan. Time doesn’t forget I know x

  5. Alzheimer’s is such a cruel disease and I’m sorry your family had to go through that. It’s great that you’re raising awareness on your blog.

  6. My dad is getting on in age and I’m starting to worry about him. Will have to show this to him and encourage him to learn new things.

  7. So sorry to hear about your nan ๐Ÿ™ Alzheimers is still such a mystery for some and it’s great that you are helping to raise awareness through this post xx

  8. I lost my grandmother to Alzheimers and I’m very sorry to hear about yours. Thank you so much for using your platform to help raise awareness of this condition. xx

  9. i do wish there was awareness for this as my grandma has it and it’s really hard. she doesn’t recognise me anymore and it’s just getting worse

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