When his mother was diagnosed with dementia ten years ago, James Ashwell learnt the hard way that caring for a loved one with this diagnose is challenging, both emotionally and from a safety perspective. By the time his mother passed away in 2011, he had improvised in many ways to kepis mother safe, finding out afterwards that there were tool and gadgets available that could have helped him.
In September 2015, he set up Unforgettable.org: a website providing products, advice and a community for people with dementia and memory loss. Among the 2,000 products on the site are personalised jigsaws, GPS insoles, talking clocks and “washable incontinence knickers in lace”. The last “innovation” Unforgettable now offers, is a dementia-specific power of attorney (PoA).
Considering that the World Health Organisation estimates there are 47.5 million people living with a dementia diagnosis worldwide, and expect this number to rise to one million by 2025, it’s great to know such a resource is available.
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Photograph: James Ashwell
Posted on May 17, 2016 by Luitgard Holzleg
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