one more thing
The most important thing
There is one other way in which Dover has been important to me in my journey towards Alzheimer's: Angela arrived in my life. How did this happen? On Saturday evenings I would look for entertainment, and the splendid Leas Cliff Hall in nearby Folkstone was the place to go. It was the time of British trad jazz led by Kenny Ball, Chris Barber and Acker Bilk and they each (and others) gave Saturday dances - and Angela was discovered. We married 54 years ago, our journey started in Dover and we have now reached Clydebank.
How my dementia diagnosis came about
During 2018, when I was 77, I had noticed that I was confusing peoples' names, particularly those of our relatives and grandchildren. Also, whilst undergoing my treatment at the Beatson for prostate cancer, I found that I was forgetting, or not fully understanding the options discussed with me. After my treatment, I decided to raise my memory concerns with my GP. Initially he said he received a number of enquiries every week from people worried about their memories, and that I seemed very able to express myself. He carried out a few memory exercises and felt there was no real cause for concern. He advised that I should come back if my worries about my memory continued. I did return and this time my GP said that there was cause for concern, and said he would refer me to the Memory Clinic. Shortly after that I was visited by a Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN), who in turn arranged for me to have a CT scan. On visiting the doctor at the clinic to receive the results, he showed me my brain scan which demonstrated that I had Vascular Dementia. I would receive the support of my CPN for a year and this indeed took place. It was during one of the visits from the CPN that she suggested that I visit the Dementia Advisor at the Alzheimer Scotland centre in Clydebank.
"I am extremely grateful for the efforts and hard work of Alzheimer Scotland to support us, and to carry out their stated aim 'making sure nobody faces dementia alone'"