Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

What It's like to Have Dementia: Christine's Battle

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

What It's like to Have Dementia: Christine's Battle

Article excerpt

POURING coffee into her hand- bag and using toothpaste for soap - this is what it's like to have dementia.

Life can be a puzzling struggle for 65-year-old Christine Karan- ges but she's determined to live the best she can no matter what the disease does to her.

She helps raise money for dementia charities and even spent four years writing a book about her experiences with dementia.

"I was diagnosed when I was 58," the mother of 10 says.

"I knew there was something wrong with me but the mental health clinic thought I was crazy.

"I was losing myself, getting off at the wrong bus stop, trying to pay people at the shop when I'd already paid them, pouring coffee in my handbag, putting my keys in the bin.

"Once, I even washed myself with toothpaste."

Ms Karanges looks after herself with a little help from one of her children and a part-time carer who helps her with house- work and takes her shopping. …

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