“It is really difficult talking to people about this – and holding it together.”
That’s from an Isle of Wight woman who has posted an emotional video online talking about the effects and understanding of dementia.
Hayley Morris, from Shanklin, decided to post the brave video on YouTube to raise awareness about the emotion of dealing with a loved one who is suffering from the disease.
Hayley’s father was diagnosed with dementia in December 2016.
Speaking in the video, Hayley says:
“It is really difficult talking to people about this – and holding it together.
“This is my way of talking openly to explain how I am feeling without people feeling like they have to talk to me and feel uncomfortable. Talking about this kind of thing can make someone feel pressured to say the right thing.
“I’ve wanted to do this for a while but I haven’t known how to talk about it.”
Now, Hayley hopes her video can help raise awareness of the condition and how it effects those closest to the person who is dealing with their own battle.
You can watch the video below (some viewers may find this video upsetting).
The Alzheimer’s Society has launched new support for people on the Isle of Wight with living dementia.
It’s hosting drop-ins at the Ryde Health and Wellbeing Centre on the second Monday of each month. You can read more here.
If you are affected by this video, you can find more information about dementia support here – https://www.dementiauk.org/