I pledged to walk an Ultramarathon every week during the month of September (240km) to raise funds for medical and social research and support the vital services Dementia Australia provides to people impacted by dementia.
The experience of living with someone dealing with dementia over 3 generations has given me the understanding that this disease is experienced differently for everyone.
Walking 10km 6 days a week for the past 18 days has given me plenty of time to reflect, compare and analyse what happened to my great grandmother, grandmother and my Mum.
Apart from reliving memories, I have created some lovely memories for myself: Since I moved to this area, I spent most of my time travelling away from home to work. Over the past 18 days I discovered how close Halpine Lake reserve, Lake Eden, Murrumba Downs, Kallangur and Kippa Ring are and how much wild life can be enjoyed around here.
Looking back at the lives of the 3 most important women in my life, I certainly discovered a number of commonalities, which I will share in future blogs. Watch this space, it may help you to avoid these lifestyle choices.
I was also very much intrigued by the fact that my parents shared the same lifestyle in so many ways, yet Mum had dementia and passed at 84 after suffering over 5 years from dementia while Dad is 98 and as sharp as ever.
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