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Episode 1 of the Changing and Adapting series features an interview with Guy Chadsey whose spouse Alison has dementia. Guy talks about some of the early indications of Alison’s condition and his struggle to live positively.
To begin, we hear a poignant story about the sudden turning point of Alison’s dementia and the helplessness and panic that Guy felt as he moved further into his role as her caregiver. Daunted by not knowing what to do or where to turn, he found tremendous help and support through the Alzheimer Society and their First Link program.
Guy talks about finding purpose and positivity within his “new normal” by becoming an advocate for caregivers and by exploring the transformative aspects of caregiving. He says he has developed strength in patience, understanding, tolerance and empathy, which he believes are all necessary qualities in providing care.
He then tackles the tough topic of redefining the marriage relationship within the context of advanced dementia and losing one’s spouse in “the long goodbye”.
Resources for this episode can be found under the following section(s) on our resource page:
-Family/Care Giver Support