Seek Support early: Dementia Awareness Month
Get a second opinion and trust to your instincts. That’s the message from Glen Iris resident Maria Giacomantonio ahead of September’s Dementia Awareness Month. Maria is a full-time carer for her husband of 52 years, Dominic, 82, who is living with Lewy body disease, one of the most common causes of dementia among older people.
Maria and her two adult sons struggled without a diagnosis for Dominic’s failing memory and decreasing independence for around five years.
Following a stroke and a bout of pneumonia, Dominic’s issues were put down to “old age” by a GP and other health professionals.
“One day we were out driving and he stopped only 100 metres from our house and said ‘where are we?’ That was really frightening,” Maria said.
The family insisted on further tests and a neurologist confirmed their worst fears.
Villa Maria Catholic Homes is holding a free morning tea and information session for people living with dementia and their carers, including Boroondara residents, during Dementia Awareness Month. September 14, 10am to 12pm, 355 Stud Rd, Wantirna South. Inf 1300 971 720. Download