Impact on my life
Having said all this, of course there has been an impact on my life. I have difficulties with my orientation and balance, my hearing is affected, and I’m not good in unfamiliar environments or situations. And naturally, there has also been an impact on the people in my life.
Simple jobs have become challenging – and that means a lot falls on my wife Jane’s shoulders. We used to share the domestic tasks, but now I find it increasingly difficult to help out. She still works, so she’s carrying a lot.
My dementia has affected relationships too. Friends have fallen away over the years, and it can be difficult with the grandchildren sometimes. When they visit, it can be very chaotic and noisy, and I know I tend to withdraw in that situation.