‘My mum thinks I’m an MP
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“Your mum told me,” she said.
Two years earlier, Chris’s “incredibly sharp, funny and quick witted” mum Lynda cheap jordans size 6 had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, aged just 53.
“I could probably have explained to her at that stage that she had got mixed up,” he told the BBC.
Recently, Chris drove his mum to the dementia ward at Fulbourn hospital in Cambridgeshire, where she will now live. Still just 59, her condition has deteriorated rapidly.
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“In addition to the physical symptoms there is the psychological impact. When she’s in pain, cheap authentic jordan shoes she cannot tell us why. She cannot tell you that she’s scared or confused or angry. Instead she will just cry. Seeing your mum cry on a daily cheap jordans amazon basis is a special super cheap jordans for sale kind of pain.”
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They turned to the Alzheimer’s Society, who, Chris says, have been fantastic. The charity gave the family a number for Cambridgeshire adult social services. Unlike the NHS, social care is not free at the point of delivery in England. Many people have to pay for at least some of their care.
“Within a minute of the call they’d started to ask questions about financial assets and our ability to fund care,” he said.
“The fact that this would be the first line of questioning after you’ve found the courage to contact them, to ask for help, is really difficult.