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David's story: Keeping it together after a dementia diagnosis

David's story: Keeping it together after a dementia diagnosis

"My father was 75 years old when an injury landed him in hospital and doctors diagnosed dementia." David witnessed a sudden and rapid physical and cognitive decline in his grandfather, father and uncle as soon as they were diagnosed with dementia. He describes the coping mechanisms that effectively concealed the early signs of the disease and the emotional difficulties faced by family losing a part of themselves as their loved ones ‘disappear.’