The most precious thing in my life is family and just as precious, are all the memories that I make each day with my little family – especially my beautiful little girl and Richmond Daddy. In fact, one of the things that actually motivates me to keep this blog going is that it acts as a brilliant way to record all those special memories and the little details I am otherwise bound to forget.
I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose all those memories. To simply not be able to remember the time you took your little one to the park and saw her laugh coming down the slide or to be able to recall the first time you saw her when she arrived in the world. It would be simply awful.
Your memories are such a huge part of who you are, to lose them, along with the ability to remember simple things like how to write your name or even where you live, is just tragic.
Sadly though, for many who suffer from dementia, that’s exactly what it’s like.
To mark World Alzheimer’s Day today, and the launch of the dementia campaign from the Department of Health and the Alzheimer’s Society, this short film – A Day to Remember – has been created and released. It stars Sir Michael Parkinson, Fiona Phillips, and Gordon Banks, each talking about the importance of memory, the most memorable moments of their lives, and their personal experiences of having a loved one with dementia.
It’s beautifully shot, incredibly moving (even if you aren’t overly emotional thanks to pregnancy hormones like me!) and very very poignant. One quote from Fiona Phillips particularly sticks in my mind, where she talks about how her home growing up always smelt of baking and there were always home-baked cakes in the tin. Then one day, after her mother had been diagnosed with dementia, she called her desperately upset saying that she’d forgotten how to bake cakes. So very sad.
The ‘A Day to Remember’ campaign calls on people not to delay in talking about dementia. According to new research from Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), a quarter of people hide their diagnosis because of negative connotations surrounding the illness. This campaign, launched by the government as part of its pledge to help change people’s perceptions of dementia, aims to raise awareness of the condition along with what initial signs and symptoms to look out for and how to seek help.
I would encourage you to watch the film and to share it widely to help spread the word.