Carlo and Patricia

78 year old Carlo from Bridge of Allan is kept active by his friends and family. We caught up with Carlo’s wife Patricia to find out how they stay connected to their friends. “Carlo was diagnosed with dementia in 2010, aged 71, while he was still in the early stages of the illness. There was a history of dementia in Carlo’s family – his mother and three of his sisters were all diagnosed – which meant that we were alert to the symptoms. “The way Carlo’s diagnosis was delivered wasn’t great and understandably he became quite depressed following on from that. Thankfully he overcame that and we’ve kept very active. “At the beginning we didn’t really tell many people outside of the family. It wasn’t really necessary because he was still pretty well. As things have changed we’ve let more people know.” “Carlo got really into squash in his mid-30s and used to play competitively all over Scotland. He’d kept up the sport and had a weekly game going with a group of friends. Recently his friend Douglas moved away to Dunfermline and we had sort of assumed that would be the end of playing squash, but Douglas has been […]
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Paul and Jim

69 year old Paul from Helensburgh shares fond memories of his friend Jim, who passed away with dementia in November last year. I met Jim on my first day at my new primary school, St Laurence’s. We’d have been about 7 at the time. It was back in the 1950s when the new schemes were being built and folks from all the old tenements were being resettled. Jim had been in the school for a while but it was my first day and there I was standing alone in the middle of the playground, not knowing anyone and Jim just walked up to me and asked if I wanted to play. That just sums Jim up perfectly – he was a really friendly guy and always had time for people. So that was that and we were firm friends from there on in. Jim left school when he was 16 and joined what was then the Post Office Telecommunications, which became BT. I stayed on at school and went to the University of Glasgow to study physics. We were both still living in Glasgow and remained firm friends. We’d sneak Jim into the Student Union on a studious student’s membership […]
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