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Don’t let dementia stop you celebrating love this Valentines Day

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By Ro Hogan – Head of Clinical Services

In my role at Southern Cross Care, I often see how taking care of someone you love who has Alzheimer’s disease can at times be a difficult and stressful job for carers, however, it can also bring joy into your life and be extremely rewarding if you remember a few simple things.

As the disease progresses, it becomes easier to forget that your loved one is still present. Many caregivers are frustrated by their loved one’s inability to communicate their thoughts and their inability to remember faces and names. The disease eventually takes away independence so that caregivers become the feet, hands and mind of people struggling with dementia and although it may not be obvious, your loved one is still there, behind the disease.