If you check out my Instagram feed (link to the right) you will realise a lot of my photos feature my nan. My grandparents pretty much meant the world/mean the world to me. Nan is a huge part of life as I see her 7 days a week, sometimes 6… but 99% of the time everyday. I like to make memories and document in pictures what life caring for nan is like. This is for myself to look back on but also to share as dementia is a complex condition. I don’t believe that any two people with dementia suffer in the same way.
My other Nan
There is another reason I take loads of photos with Nan, it is related to my other Nan who is sadly no longer with us. In the years leading up to my Nans death I didn’t see much of her, only occasionally and it actually had to be in secret! Part of the reason I take so many photos with nan and share them on Instagram is my other nan. When she passed away I had no up-to-date photos with her and this made me really sad. I had nothing to really look at when Nan passed and I don’t want this when the time comes.
I know with dementia Nan will change over time but likes when I show her the videos and pictures. With the videos she actually chats along back to herself which I think is the cutest thing. If I had a 2nd camera I would be filming Nan’s reactions to her own videos because its adorable!
I wish my other Nan was still here so I could do the same with her. If I’ve learnt anything from not getting to see her much, its that with Nan I plan to spend as much time as possible with her. This is to make as many memories as possible. Its no chore, I’m not going to say that I don’t get tired – I do regularly. However, I have most laughs with Nan, watching back the videos myself I get reminded of funny times. It always keeps me going!
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