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New fiction ‘Back to Blackbrick’ reveals how dementia can affect familiesCreated by Charlotte in Being You, Health and fitness
Could the key to Blackbrick unlock the secrets of the past?
When Cosmo keeps his promise to go to Blackbrick Abbey, he unlocks the gate to the place his Granddad once worked, and finds himself in the forgotten corners of a distant past, one that his Granddad has, strangely, never really talked about. As the rusty gates close behind him, Cosmo finds himself face to face with his grandfather as a young man…
Can Cosmo change the course of his family’s future?
Back to Blackbrick reveals how dementia can affect someone and their family. Here Alzheimer’s Research UK explain what dementia is. Dementia is a condition affecting the brain. There are many symptoms, including memory problems, changes in personality, confusion and difficulties in talking and communicating. It is caused by a number of diseases, but the most well-known is Alzheimer’s. Sadly, dementia is common in the UK, affecting 820,000 people – enough to fill ten Olympic stadiums.
Dementia usually affects older people. It can be very difficult for the person to cope, and they need lots of care and support from their family. Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s top dementia research charity. With help from donations, we fund amazing scientists to find new treatments. We are making great progress, and every day we are getting closer to a cure.
My granddad was pretty much the cleverest person I ever met so it was strange in the end to see the way people treated him – as if he was a complete moron. We were waiting for a train one day, not bothering anyone, when this boy said to me, ‘Hey. Hey you. What’s wrong with the old man?’ In fairness, my granddad did happen to be in the middle of quite a long conversation with a lamp post. But still, it didn’t give the boy the right to be so nosy. I walked a bit closer to the boy and I whispered: ‘He suffers from a rare condition that makes him randomly violent to anyone who asks stupid questions about people they’ve never met.’ That very same week, me and Granddad saw this programme all about how Albert Einstein was always looking for his keys and wearing odd shoes and not brushing his hair for weeks on end. ‘See, Granddad,’ I said to him, ‘Einstein was exactly the same as you are. And no-one ever thought there was anything wrong with his brain.’ ‘No-one except for his teachers who apparently thought he was an imbecile,’ my granddad replied.
Back to Blackbrick © Sarah Moore Fitzgerald 2013, published by Orion Children’s Books
“Back to Blackbrick tackles one of the great social and medical issues of our time, but does so eloquently, sensitively and with knowing humour. We are the sum of our memories, and Sarah Moore Fitzgerald explores this idea in a unique and compelling way. As well as being a thoroughly enjoyable read, the book could help young people to understand how Alzheimer’s takes its toll as the disease becomes increasingly common.” Rebecca Wood, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK
For more information on dementia and how we can defeat it,visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org