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Sarah Lewzey describes her experience of supporting people living with dementia

User AvatarPosted by Caroline Walker at 22/05/2018 10:48:51
The Lewzey family at Run, Walk or Push Against Dementia event

As part of Dementia Action Week, from 21 to 27 May 2018, we are sharing the experience of Sarah Lewzey, a foot health practitioner from Edenbridge, to raise awareness of how dementia can affect everyone. Sarah has seen the everyday effects of the condition, having lost her mother to the diseases and worked with clients living with dementia.

“My mum was diagnosed quite young, when she was around 68 and unfortunately passed away two years ago after living with it for a very long time.”

“I was in my early-twenties and back then it was really tough as people weren’t aware about dementia as they are now. It came at a time when I needed my mum and I was bringing up my own children and unfortunately it meant they never really knew their Nan because of it.”

Her experience has motivated her to do all she can to battle against the disease and support those living with dementia.

Sarah says: “I’ve become involved with the Forget-Me-Not café in Edenbridge which provides people living with dementia with a place to go and enjoy themselves and I’m really keen to do whatever I can to help those with it after seeing how much it affects many of my clients and their families.

Last year the Sarah, her husband Steve, and daughters Mia, 14 and Erin, 11, participated in the Run, Walk or Push against Dementia event in Knole Park. Organised by Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Community (SADFC) and supported by Sevenoaks District Council, the event raised funds for local dementia services including the Forget-Me-Not cafés.

She continues: “Dementia is so common now and the reality is everyone will be affected by it in some form, whether it’s ourselves or a member of our family.”

“15 years ago we weren’t talking about it like we are now and the stigma attached to dementia is starting to become a thing of the past. If you see someone getting confused in a shop with their money or where they are – they aren’t going mad, this is something they are living with, so it’s about continuing that awareness and doing all we can to help.”

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