'What 12 years of caring for my husband taught me about dementia'
Date: 14 September 2020
Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
About the event:
Angela Caughey began writing in the mid-1980s, and is the author of 6 books, two of which are on dementia. For more than 12 years she took care of her husband, who had Lewy Body dementia. She read widely around the subject, but found that none of the books included the practical hints for carers that she and her support group needed. As a result of this, Angela took it upon herself to write two comprehensive books, “Dealing Daily with Dementia” & “How to Communicate with Someone who has Dementia”, drawing on real-life situations and providing practical solutions to a vast range of situations the carer is likely to encounter – from organising legal and financial affairs, to ways of coping with the symptoms of dementia, such as aggression, hallucinations, incontinence and decreasing mental powers.
Her books also contain thousands of hints for dealing with dementia on a daily basis, including adapting the home environment; showering, dressing, eating and drinking; keeping the mind stimulated; and communicating well with family, friends and professionals, as well as with each other.
After the success of her two first books, Angela now has a third book in the pipeline, which focuses on evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle changes that have been shown to play an important role in preventing the development of cognitive decline. In 2011 there was a 24% reduction in the expected number of dementia cases in Britain, suggesting that many Britons had taken to heart what they were being told and had changed their habits. Throughout this special event, Angela hopes to tell you what these habits were; and also to recount some personal stories from her time caring for her husband, that are both touching and amusing.
About the speaker:
Angela Caughey was the youngest of five children. Her four much older siblings imbued her with enthusiastic lifetime passions for all sports, music, reading, friends and family. Marriage and three children added to her personal experiences, as did her husband’s encounter in later life with Lewy body dementia. Although he needed her total care over his last years, she found the whole experience totally enriching in retrospect and, since his death, has been educating others and writing about dementia. Two of her books have been translated into German. The first one is also available in Estonian, Japanese and Russian.
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