Episode 125: Caring for a loved one with dementia with Carolyn Birrell

Carolyn Birrell

Carolyn Birrell is the author of Walking with Fay, a moving book about her mother’s uncharted path into dementia. Carolyn’s writing began as a way to help her make sense of what was happening and quickly turned into the book she herself had needed, to provide relatable caregiving help. It’s a beautiful, empowering book and I really loved it.

We talk about:

  • What led Carolyn to write such a personal and difficult book
  • Why it took so long to realize how bad things had got with her mother
  • The process of learning her mother had dementia and the early signs
  • Working out what level of interference in her mother’s affairs was appropriate
  • Coming to terms with realizing more help with caregiving was required
  • The kind of support that was needed and how Carolyn found that both for her mother and herself
  • Coping with a lack of recognition from her mother
  • The impact of the global pandemic on her mother’s care
  • What readers can expect from the book
  • Carolyn’s advice for people who fear they are starting to see signs of a parent’s dementia
  • Learning what to say and what not to say to a person with dementia
  • What makes the book different from other memoirs
  • What Carolyn hopes readers will get from the book
  • Carolyn’s advice for anyone just beginning on this path with their loved one

And more!

Find more about Carolyn:

Carolyn’s website: carolynbirrell.com

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Carolyn’s book: Walking with Fay: My Mother’s Uncharted Path into Dementia

Walking with Fay: My Mother's Uncharted Path into Dementia

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Episode 60: Coping with dementia with Feyi Raimi-Abraham

Feyi Raimi-Abraham

An interview with Feyi Raimi-Abraham, founder of a fabulous new company called The Black Dementia Company, set up during lockdown and inspired into creation by caring for her mother who has dementia.

We talk about:

• Why Feyi felt there was a need for this company
• How lockdown accelerated that need
• What she hopes to achieve with the company
• What it’s like caring for her mother
• When she first noticed signs of dementia in her mother
• How the dementia progressed
• How Feyi adapted to being her mother’s full time carer
• Adjusting to her mother as a new person having been a strong, very active and independent woman in her past
• The impact on Feyi’s wider family
• The systems and tools she’s put in place to support her mum
• Advice for people who suspect there may be an issue with their loved one and especially their parent
• How can family best support the person diagnosed with dementia
• Getting rid of the stigma of dementia
• Looking out for signs of dementia
• Simple tests that can be done to check for dementia
• What Feyi has learnt about herself from becoming her mother’s carer
• What Feyi would like listeners to know about dementia

And more!

Find more about Feyi:

The Black Dementia Company

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