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No one should face dementia alone

Don't face dementia alone

Together we can save a lifetime of precious memories

A small donation does not cost the earth, but it will make the world of difference. Every donation goes a long way and every dollar helps ensure we are always here for those living with dementia. Big or small, donations are the major public funding source we receive.

Living with dementia brings significant challenges, including memory loss, stigma and loneliness. There are currently over 41,100 Western Australians diagnosed with dementia. Without a medical breakthrough, this number is projected to double in the next 20 years. There is no cure.

Everyone living with dementia has their own story to tell. This is the story of Bonnie and Norm.

Bonnie and Norm met in 1957 at the Canterbury Court Ballroom in Perth when Norm was just 19 years old and Bonnie was 21. They both loved to dance. Norm describes Bonnie as vivacious, always smiling, the life of the party. People loved being in the room with her.

They married on January 20, 1962. Bonnie, being a dressmaker, sewed her own intricate lace wedding dress and her bridesmaid’s gowns. They built a house and had two children, a boy and a girl. They loved their family life.

Norm retired at 62. With their children now adults and living in their own homes, Bonnie and Norm made the decision to travel overseas as much as possible while they still had their health. It is a decision they are very grateful for now. In 2015 they went on their last cruise together. Norm said they won’t go on any more.

Bonnie was diagnosed with dementia in 2016.

After Bonnie’s diagnosis, for the first time in his life, Norm didn’t know what to do. A friend suggested they visit Alzheimer’s WA’s Mary Chester House and they attended an Open Day.

Norm said all of a sudden his world opened up. There were people he could talk to who knew what he was going through. ‘Enjoy every day as much as you can. You just don’t know what will happen in the future.’

At Alzheimer’s WA our vision is of a world where people with dementia and their families are supported and valued on their dementia journey. We are at the forefront of dementia care services, support, education and training programs.

With your help, we can save a lifetime of precious memories for people like Bonnie and Norm.

No one should face dementia alone. Please donate today.

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