Dementia carers in France need support

A British woman who cared for her husband suffering from dementia for nearly a decade in France has urged other carers to seek help as early as possible.

The woman, whom we call Susan Brown (she asked for   her identity not to be revealed), moved to the Corrèze in 2004 to retire with her husband.

In 2008, she noticed he had problems with co-ordination.

He was 63. Mrs Brown said: “His driving was different. He would make mistakes writing cheques. Then he started losing things like his wallet and it was the frequency of these incidents which gradually led me to join the dots.

“He was in denial. I think he knew something was wrong but couldn’t face finding out.

“By 2010, he was becoming increasingly clumsy, agitated, stubborn and forgetful. I made an appointment with the doctor, specifically for his change in behaviour that year.”

He was diagnosed with dementia.

In France, three million people are directly or indirectly affected by ...

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