Dollars for Dementia
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It has been overs 2 years since my mother and I began caring for my grandmother who has dementia. In july 2012 after many days of unanswered calls we began to get very worried. A call to my Aunty was the shock discovery that she had put nanna in ... More ...

It has been overs 2 years since my mother and I began caring for my grandmother who has dementia. In july 2012 after many days of unanswered calls we began to get very worried. A call to my Aunty was the shock discovery that she had put nanna in a nursing home in Greenacre. I changed work schedules and went to vis her in August. That train ride to Bankstown was the hardest trip. My brain was going at 1000 miles an hour. My Aunty met me at the train station and we took a taxi to the nursing. I didn't know what to expect. 

Entering the nursing home was overwhelming, the usual unwelcoming smells associating with nursing home filled all my senses. I was afraid even to touch the walls. As we turned into the corridor,  there she was; sitting on her walker in her doorway staring down the corridor. Aunty had warned me that nanna wouldn't remeber me. And then it happened;  " isa Stephanie" , tears welling in nanna's eyes. I was trying hard not to show my true emotions, so I just went and hugged her and gave nanna a big love. I had to leave to room a few times to cry and wipe my tears just so nanna wouldn't see my upset. But now it is july 2014 and nanna is still at home with us.

We have been through so much legally, financially, medically (still on going) and emotionally but it was right for us to bring her home. The sacrifices have been many and some days are just really really hard (no words can really describe them).

This year we have finally started some community services and with them things would be much harder. Unfortunately due to their limited funding our services will also be limited with the possibility of being nonexistent.  

I am setting this fundraising not just to assist with ongoing needs for nanna but also to help the community services that help us; these include Catholic community services and The Benevolent Society. Through these services we have been fortunate to receive low cost respite,  dementia seminars and continuous support.

This year through Alzhiemers Australia there is a memory walk that mummy and I will particpating in and we would love all of you to join. If you can't join please feel free to donate in support. Go to www.memorywalk.com.au  to register for the sydney walk to be held on Sunday September 14th 2014. First 500 to register get a t-shirt.

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