Nationwide we are fortunate to have everyday heroes, many of them Mothers, who support and care for more than 425,000 people living with dementia.
For Kia and Sian Woodmore, their hero is their mother, who cares for their father, Richard, who was diagnosed with a rare form of dementia at 53 years of age.
“Our Mum, Jan, has always meant the world to our family. If possible, even more so since Dad was diagnosed, and Mum has been caring for Dad while still being there for us,” Kia said.
“Every day, like Mum, we feel the loss of our father who was a vibrant, intelligent and caring man who enjoyed making our school lunches, and taking us out of school early to see the latest Harry Potter movie.
“We grieve for what Dad has lost, for what Mum has lost and what we have lost as daughters, both for the present and the future. We’re in awe of our Mum and how she has adapted to the changes that a diagnosis of dementia brings.”
“Since Dad’s diagnosis, like Mum, Dementia Australia has been a continual source of support for our family. We’ve borrowed books and videos from their library to educate ourselves about dementia, and we’ve accessed the counselling service to help us navigate the muddy waters of dementia,” Sian said.
This Mother’s Day, in honour of heroes like Kia and Sian’s Mother, Dementia Australia is urging Australians to “Help Solve The World’s Hardest Puzzle” by sending a unique Mother’s Day eCard that comes with a fun and mind-sharpening puzzle
By purchasing an eCard, you will not only be sending a thoughtful gift, you will also be helping to fund Dementia Australia’s vital services and research enabling Dementia Australia to continue being there for families like the Woodmores.
From our family to yours, we wish all Mums a very Happy Mother’s Day.
For more information on how to purchase a Dementia Australia Mother’s Day eCard please visit worldshardestpuzzle.org.au