Author Archives: duncancajones

Care – What Price Dignity?

“I’ve been to nursing care homes and I’ve sat in the car and cried…there’s no way my mum is going in there.” Words can sometimes have the same effect as a punch to the solar plexus. These came from a … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Mum

It’s Mum’s birthday. Or at least it would have been. It’s 12 months since that photograph was taken to celebrate Mum’s  birthday, her 80th and her last. The final decline started soon after and she left us a little over … Continue reading

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Let’s Hear it for the Carers

I missed my Christmas Day visit to see Mum. It felt wrong not to set off at about half past eight on Christmas morning, after a hasty breakfast, returning with Mum’s cousin Pam in time for lunch. Now both of … Continue reading

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Time to Think

“I don’t even have time to think.” How often do we hear that or, for that matter, say it ourselves? I know I say it more than I should, sometimes because I’m genuinely over-run with work and everyday life and, … Continue reading

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The Pain Goes On

I spent time last week with some people whose lives have felt the full impact of dementia. My conversation with one lady in particular stays with me. She lost her husband to dementia two years ago. It was, she said, … Continue reading

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Pam

This photograph was taken a couple of years ago. It’s possibly the last I have of Mum in a garden, throughout life her second home, and her cousin Pam. Mum and Pam were close and for Pam, Mum’s creeping (then … Continue reading

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Walking for Mum

A charity, or a business for that matter, needs a device with which to promote its key objective. Think Macmillan’s Coffee Mornings for example. For us at the Alzheimer’s Society, it’s Memory Walk, a series of fund-and-awareness-raising events which take … Continue reading

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