Shining a Light on Dementia; Australia's Silent Killer

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Shining a Light on Dementia; Australia's Silent Killer


Byline: Tessa Patrick Tessa.Patrick@scnews.com.au

LOSING a loved one is never easy, but when it becomes a gradual process of death that may last decades it can make the grief much rawer.

Lorrae O'Rourke knows the grief caused by dementia on a personal level.

She cared for her own mother as she went through the disease. "I was becoming more of the parent, I was having to make decisions for her."

Her husband Vince lost his first wife to early-onset Alzheimer's.

The couple met at functions in the community.

They later married, purchased their home in Nambour and opened it up for people suffering from dementia and their families.

"We like the idea of giving back to people and contributing," she said.

"We have two ladies here today and one is really tired from dementia, but they've both been here before."

September is Dementia Awareness Month and this year it's important to shine a light on a little-known truth.

Dementia is the lead killer for women in Australia. …

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