Losing Clive to Younger Onset Dementia: One Family's Story

Losing Clive to Younger Onset Dementia: One Family's Story

Helen Beaumont
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Clive Beaumont was diagnosed with Younger Onset Dementia at age 45, when his children were aged just 3 and 4.

Clive had become less and less able to do his job properly and had been made redundant from the Army the year before. His wife, Helen, tells of how she and the rest of the family made it through the next 6 years until Clive died: the challenge of continually adapting to his progressive deterioration; having to address the legal implications of the illness; applying for benefit payments; finding nursing homes; and juggling her responsibilities as a wife, a mother and an employee. She also describes her sense of sadness and fear as her formerly gentle husband became more erratic and aggressive as his health deteriorated.

This story offers understanding and encouragement to younger people with dementia and their friends, families and carers.

'Clive's wife Helen lays bare each raw aspect of her husband's condition and treatment: the tardy arrival of a proper diagnosis, the way Clive was shedding his life skills just as their children were acquiring theirs, the bewildering prejudices of the benefits system and the grief of having to find long-term care for him outside the home.

Heartfelt, yet unsentimental, the result is a rare and illuminating account of trying to live and cope with this shattering condition.

For anyone trying to understand the problems of dementia in younger people, this excellent book should be the first thing in their reading list.' Nursing Standard