The Alzheimer's Australia NSW blog *Younger Onset Dementia and ME*

*The Alzheimer's Australia NSW blog *Younger Onset Dementia and ME* is a place for people to connect with others, to get information and helpful suggestions.

A diagnosis of younger onset dementia can be very isolating. You may have received a diagnosis, be someone who is caring for a family member, or you may have a mum or dad with younger onset dementia. You are not alone. The National Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program provides individualised information and support to improve the quality of life for people with younger onset dementia and also see NSW - Younger Onset Dementia . For more information contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Sandwich Generation - caring for parents and children

Underneath the Ash: My Journey into Motherhood While Losing My Mother
by Kate Dyer-Seeley
In her early thirties with the birth of her first child, Kate Dyer-Seeley is suddenly thrust into the role of caregiver for her mom, who is suffering from Young-onset Alzheimer’s disease. As Kate’s son, Luke, takes his first steps, her mother struggles to stand. As Luke’s language begins to blossom, her mother’s words disappear. Kate must learn how to care for their ever-changing needs. To compound matters, Kate has become the family spokesperson and advocate for her mother’s care. She begrudgingly takes on this duty while her extended family refuses to accept the circumstances. Set in the Pacific Northwest with an erupting Mount St. Helens, Underneath the Ash is much more than a story solely about Alzheimer’s disease. It’s the story of how the deterioration of one person can mirror the deterioration that misunderstanding and denial create in families. It’s the universal story of mother loss, the journey into motherhood and how we assimilate the two.