I was wandering through our local library last week and came across this intriguing exhibit:

The display was made up of 18,000 forget-me-nots, one for each individual living with dementia in Norfolk. It was Dementia Awareness Week and the library was running a host of creative events for dementia sufferers and their carers.

All sickness is cruel but dementia has got to be one of the cruellest of them all, robbing the victims of their very essence while their loved-ones look on helplessly. We know dementia. Liam’s mother was a victim and died from the inevitable complications of the disease. It’s ironic that as science and wealth has let our bodies survive beyond our allotted three score and ten, our minds often can’t keep pace. But there is hope. Just as cancer is no longer the death sentence it once was, there is every chance that science will one day halt and maybe cure the disease. A healthy older age is something we all want. And while we wait for that time to come, there are some amazing people doing some amazing things to make living with dementia just a little bit easier.

10 thoughts on “Forget Me Not

  1. What a fantastic initiative. Dementia/Alzheimer’s is the disease that scares me the most when I think about ageing particularly after I watched Still Alice when it first came out (and cried…a lot). The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman is another poignant story in the same vein.
    Thanks for sharing Jack

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  2. I have an aunt suffering from dementia and her children are terrified. All we can do is love and take care of each other no matter the state of mind. Thanks Jack.

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