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Interview 60

He was able to care for her in their own home until a very short time before she died. She went into residential care for a short respite and settled in well. Soon afterwards when her condition deteriorated she was…

  • Background

    Carer is John Bayley husband of the late Iris Murdoch. Carer is a retired Professor. Iris was a writer.

  • Age at interview 78
  • Interview 50

    Developed symptoms in her sixties and guessed herself what it was. Dementia progressed but Alzheimers was never actually confirmed. Separation difficulties with day care but easy transfer to residential care. Was treated with tegretol because she developed epilepsy.

  • Background

    Husband caring for his wife. They have 2 children. Family history of Alzheimer’s disease. Carers occupation: retired apple farmer. Patient’s occupation: retired part-time farm shop worker.

  • Age at interview 72
  • Interview 46

    When brain scan was found to be normal was admitted for a week’s assessment. Diagnosed as having Pick’s disease (fronto-temporal dementia) Cared for at home, with day care and regular residential respite, finally in residential care.

  • Background

    Husband caring for his wife of 54 years. They have one son. Carer is retired. Patient had been a seaside landlady as well as a housewife.

  • Age at interview 75
  • Interview 45

    Symptoms began just before moving from long term family home to smaller house. Initially cared for at home with carers coming to the house, attended day centre with weeks in residential respite. Complaints from neighbours. Now in residential care.

  • Background

    Elderly husband caring for wife. They have 1 child. Diagnosed in 2000. Patient was a retired industrial nurse.

  • Interview 44

    She was 86 when she started to have symptoms of dementia. Her doctor mistook it for old age. Prescribed Aricept but husband felt it had been left too late. Cared for at home helped by live-in couple. Attended day centre.

  • Background

    Carer is husband who himself suffers from throat cancer. Carer is retired. Patient had been a film producer.

  • Age at interview 86
  • Interview 40

    Gradual onset. Cared for at home for several years with support from daughter and local authority carers. Attended day centre. Sometimes husband would stay too. Died rapidly after moving to a nursing home from hospital following a fall at home.

  • Background

    An elderly clergyman caring for his wife who was interviewed with his daughter who lived close by. There are 2 other children. Diagnosed in 1996-7.

  • Age at interview 80
  • Interview 38

    Cared for at home with help of friends, relatives and neighbours while carer worked part time. Treated with Aricept and Rivastigmine. Admitted for respite care in 2000 and never returned home after that.

  • Background

    Same sex couple together 34 years. Carers occupation: Medical Laboratory Manager. Patients occupation: Industrial Components, own business.

  • Age at interview 52
  • Interview 36

    Husband looked after her at home for several years. Medication upset her causing her to see colours when she closed her eyes. When things got too difficult was moved into residential care. Husband visits everyday.

  • Background

    Elderly husband caring for his wife at home for many years, now in a nursing home. They have 2 sons. Patient used to work for BT.

  • Interview 33

    His wife developed multi-infarct dementia. He cared for her at home for about 6 years. When she went into residential care it took a long time for her to settle. She died in the nursing home.

  • Background

    Carer is a husband who cared for his wife first at home and then later in residential care where she died. They have 3 children. Carer’s occupation was a retired...

  • Age at interview 78
  • Interview 31

    He gave up work to be a full time carer but when she took to her bed for several months it was decided that she needed residential care. As she refused, it was necessary to section her to make the…

  • Background

    Carer is a husband in his 50’s looking after his wife with Picks disease. They have three children.

  • Age at interview 57