Individuals dwelling with dementia have stated they’re nervous about leaving residence, as a result of weeks of the lockdown have had a profound impression on their confidence and talents.
Teresa Davies, 66, from Flintshire, was identified with early-onset Alzheimer’s illness when she was 59.
She lives alone and has discovered lockdown has affected her means to hold out small duties.
“The opposite day I put a pair of socks on my arms as an alternative of my ft and put the yogurt again within the knife drawer as an alternative of the fridge,” she stated.
“I really feel like my dementia is getting worse: I am doing much more random issues, like once I popped to the store and realised I might placed on my shirt inside out – I might by no means do issues like that earlier than lockdown.”
‘Like being identified another time’
Ms Davies, a former panorama gardener, normally spends plenty of time on the practice travelling across the UK to present talks on dementia.
Now, she stated she had considerations about her means to journey and communicate to massive teams.
“My greatest fear is that I will not be capable to journey on the practice and issues as a result of it (lockdown) actually has knocked my confidence.
“I am jumbling up phrases or forgetting what phrase I imply as a result of I am not as social as I used to be, which suggests I do not wish to discuss as a lot, I am nervous about it.
“Persons are remoted the second they get identified with dementia and going by way of lockdown, properly it is like being identified another time.
“And in Wales we have nonetheless bought a couple of weeks left so I could be even worse then,” Ms Davies stated.
Michelle Nelson-Greensmith, 57, from Merseyside, who has vascular dementia, stated she had struggled to consider life outdoors of lockdown.
“I really feel like I am in an experiment,” she stated. “I simply do not get it, I do not perceive why we’re on this state of affairs.
“I simply really feel scared on a regular basis and scared to exit now and after lockdown.
“I hold worrying I’ll get the virus and if I see one thing on-line or on the information about it, it takes weeks for me to get it out of my head,” Mrs Nelson-Greensmith, who labored for the Setting Company in the course of the swine and aviation flu outbreaks, stated.
She has been capable of go to the grocery store with the assistance of her husband, Richard, however discovered it troublesome.
“I do not perceive what I’ve to do and I inform myself I’ve bought to go a technique and hold a distance then somebody goes the opposite manner and I’ve to cease and suppose whether or not I am doing it, then I neglect what I am there for.
“All the brand new guidelines make me not wish to exit actually.”
However for Masood Qureshi, 56, from Stoke-on Trent, who has Alzheimer’s illness and fronto-temporal dementia, the lockdown has been a special expertise, as he has been dwelling along with his three youngsters and grandson.
“I really feel like I am one of many fortunate ones as a result of I’ve my household round me and it is given me extra time to spend with them and to replicate on this case,” he stated.
“However it has been disturbing for them, I typically really feel like I am imposing.”
Mr Qureshi, a former manufacturing unit employee and accountant, stated he had been lacking his assist group and visiting the mosque throughout Ramadan.
“In my peer assist group we would be able to discuss our deep emotions on how we’re coping and typically it is troublesome to do this with your loved ones,” he stated.
“I am lacking the mosque loads since you’ve bought your mates there, the entire group is there and it is a holy time for the time being, so not having probability to fulfill up there may be very troublesome.”
Mr Qureshi stated he was undecided how lockdown would have an effect on him in the long run.
“I am calling up my pals and I am discovering it is taking all my power to simply communicate to individuals,” he stated.
“And behind my thoughts I am involved how persons are coping as a result of we’re all coping with this in several methods, with our personal frustrations.
“I am simply reminded, each Thursday (after we all come out for the clap) that we’re not alone even when we do really feel lonely.
“I am hopeful that the world will come out of this in a greater place, society shall be happier, and nobody will take others without any consideration.”