Lost Down Memory Lane - Caring For Alzheimer's

A Personal Journey

by Dawn Fanshawe



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/14/2015

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 330
ISBN : 9781512706031
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 330
ISBN : 9781512706048
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 330
ISBN : 9781512706055

About the Book

Did you know that:-
1 in 8 adults in the UK are carers?
Three in five people will be carers at some point in their lives in the UK?
Another 7.7 million people will develop dementia around the world every year?

As of 2013, there were an estimated 44.4 million people with dementia worldwide. This number will increase to an estimated 135.5 million in 2050?

The chances are that you know someone who has been diagnosed with dementia.
Maybe you are one of those heroic carers?
Or maybe you are wondering what will happen to you or a family member if you or they should need full-time care?
Being a carer can seem tragic and challenging, but it can also be a journey blessed with joy, healing and unforeseen rewards.

Dawn Fanshawe’s personal story will open your mind and heart to some shared human fears, concerns and issues and will offer you hope, reassurance, insight and many practical suggestions as you face the choices you may need to make. *******************************

“Dawn writes with great sensitivity to both the cared for and the carer. She shares her own personal journey with honesty and yet with dignity in a way that will help anyone caring for another to find ways to embrace life, despite its many and varied challenges. This book is easy to read and engaging and will bring hope and encouragement to carers walking this challenging and yet important path. It will also provide people in general with a better understanding about the issues so many face on a daily basis.”

Jo Naughton
Author, International Speaker and Co-Pastor,
Harvest Church London

About the Author

Dawn Fanshawe lives in Nottingham, England where she grew up and lived until she was 19. She then worked for two years in Germany as an Au Pair, before doing a degree in Education and Art in London. For 15 years Dawn was as an Early Years Teacher / Foundation-Stage Manager in London. Dawn remains passionate about education and was a School Governor for over 20 years and a County Governor for the NHS in Nottinghamshire.

As a student, she worked as a care assistant in many Elderly & Mentally Infirm homes across London, and in 2006 she brought her mother - who was at the time living on a remote island in the Orkney Isles and had early onset Alzheimer's Disease - to live with her in her new family home in Nottingham. At this point Dawn became her mother’s full-time carer which was to turn her life around in so many ways.

Contact with mental illness has been integral to Dawn’s life and relationships; as a child she suffered abuse at the hands of her parents and this had long-reaching implications for herself. Dealing with the challenge of caring for her mother as she became more and more incapacitated by dementia has been a big part of her own journey of healing, forgiveness and self-discovery.

More recently Dawn ran her own photography business in Nottingham and is a trustee for a Nottinghamshire charity looking to help disadvantaged families and children in her neighbourhood; she was also actively involved in the NHS Involvement Strategy.

A key part of Dawn’s life is her Christian faith and her active involvement within her local church community. Dawn’s other passions include learning and speaking languages, travelling, reading, writing, photography and gardening. Dawn’s mission is to become fully the person she was created to be and feels she is on a life-time adventure of healing, loving and seeking to become the change she wants to see in the world. She feels blessed with her family, friends and the community around her.