Victoria's Story

Victoria Wynn

It was a shock to Victoria to get the call, particularly as her dad was only 48 at the time and was considered relatively young to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. And it was also hard with her being overseas, as she was not there to support her family at a difficult and challenging time, but that all changed when she returned to New Zealand soon after.

Ironically, it was often when it came to the family travelling that Victoria really noticed the impact on her dad’s ability to do normal things that he would have done in the past. She found herself having to do all the planning and organising for family holidays, when previously he would have had it all in hand. And when travelling away from home, he would frequently become lost and disoriented.

When her father’s illness became really obvious, Victoria started to talk about it openly with friends and workmates. She recognises and clearly values the support that she receives from her wider group. Victoria also talks about the importance of family support, and how the diagnosis of her dad’s Alzheimer’s disease has brought her and mum, Tania, closer together.

As a young adult, Victoria feels that Alzheimer’s disease is not understood or talked about enough, and she stresses the importance of having resources available that help you understand and prepare for it.

That is one of the main reasons Victoria has shared her story – she wants people in general to know that we can all play a part by understanding dementia and treating people with it normally and in the “here and now”.

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