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Dementia stories - Doug Kirk

Doug and wife Suzanne Credit: ITV News

Doug Kirk was just 52 when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He continued to work for a few years, but eventually had to give up his job as a carpenter.

But the biggest blow came when he had his driving licence taken away.

Doug’s Alzheimer’s affects his ability to understand and articulate words. He also has memory loss, and struggles to deal with stressful situations.

Being so young, Doug’s wife Suzanne says one of the biggest challenges has been coping financially. And they’ve both had to come to terms with changing their plans for the future.


Dementia Stories: Beryl Coerber

Beryl and her husband Terry are determined to stay positive Credit: ITV News

Beryl Coerber is 79, 18 months ago she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. She found out she had bladder cancer in the same week. After a year and a half of treatment, Beryl’s now in remission, and has a six month break from chemotherapy.

We first met Beryl and her husband Terry at a Singing for the Brain group in Leicester, not far from where they live. They’re a sociable couple, and Beryl refuses to let her memory and mobility problems hold her back.

Her husband Terry has become her carer - and they’re both able to see the funny side of Beryl’s memory loss.


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