These stories are inspired by real-life experiences of people living with dementia and their carers. All names in these stories have been changed to preserve anonymity.
With daily care and family living nearby, Ann, 72, still lives on her own, despite poor mobility. Her carers have noticed that she is finding it harder to communicate and is becoming increasingly passive.
Arthur has been living with dementia for five years. In the past his wife, Freda, has happily left their financial affairs to him. They know this will have to change, but have been putting off making any decisions.
Bill is an active 75-year-old who is still involved in the running of a landscaping business. His friends have begun to notice changes in his behaviour – he is increasingly abrasive and even reckless.
Edith is 80 years old. After 20 years in a warden-controlled flat, she has moved into a residential home and is finding the transition difficult.
Frank is a 70-year-old widower who lives with his daughter. Frank’s wife used to cover for his memory lapses. He has now been diagnosed with dementia, but is a proud man who doesn’t like to accept help.
Jack is 68 years old and lives at home with his wife. He has felt increasingly absent-minded in recent years, which he believes is simply old age. His wife is worried about his worsening memory.
Neighbours have noticed that James has been inviting strangers into his house, even late at night. He admits he doesn’t really want these visitors but says he’s glad of the company and doesn’t want to offend anyone.
Mary is a strong-willed 90-year-old with a large and loving family. She is proudly independent, but her family have noticed that she is now struggling to deal with some aspects of daily life.
Patricia is 72 years old. She has poor physical health and lives in a nursing home. Communication has become increasingly difficult for her and as a result she has become isolated and withdrawn.
Paul, 58, has been happily married to Maggie for 25 years. He has begun to behave oddly, wrongly accusing Maggie of being unfaithful. She is frustrated that she can’t convince him nothing is wrong.