Vignettes - Mrs C and her family, current experience

About five years ago Mrs. C started to become forgetful. Now, 75 years old, Mrs. C hardly ever leaves her room in her daughter’s house where she was moved when it became clear that she could no longer look after herself. The daughter and her granddaughter help her with dressing, eating, washing and going to the bathroom. The family has to make sure that food is not too chunky as Mrs. C has difficulty swallowing. It is difficult for the daughter’s family to go away together for the day as someone always needs to be around to look after her. The constant care needs in addition to her own family responsibilities also pose a strain on Mrs. C’s daughter has her own health issues. Mrs. C’s other children visit during holidays but find it difficult as she cannot always remember who they are.

Brazil

Mrs. Claudia may or may not be taken by her family to a public health doctor, a private doctor, or a doctor from a health insurance for assessment and diagnosis. In some cases, such as Mrs. Claudia, the family may think the symptoms are a normal part of ageing and will look after her needs […]

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Kenya

Mrs Chalo moved in with the daughter when it became clear that she could no longer look after herself since she started being forgetful. Her daughter and granddaughter help her with the activities of daily living hence are likely to be the unpaid primary carers (24 hour supervision).  Mrs Chalo seems to be at the […]

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Jamaica

Mrs Carol will likely visit her General Practitioner (GP) as primary care providers are usually the first point of contact within Jamaica. At this stage of her illness, as evidenced by difficulty swallowing, there is a high possibility that Mrs Carol would have already visited her GP, but either did not receive a diagnosis, received […]

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India

About five years ago Mrs Chatterjee started to become forgetful. Now, 75 years old, Mrs Chatterjee hardly ever leaves her room in her daughter’s house— located in a metropolitan city—where she was moved when it became clear that she could no longer look after herself. The daughter and her granddaughter help her with dressing, eating, […]

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