Bromley man publishes book about caring for wife with dementia

News Shopper: Tom Wearden with wife Margaret last year Tom Wearden with wife Margaret last year

A BROMLEY man who’s wife suffers from dementia has published a book about his experiences.

Chartered engineer Tom Wearden, 83, said he hasn’t had a “meaningful conversation” with other half Margaret for over 10 years.

Mr Wearden’s book, Front Line Alzheimer’s, is an account of his life providing 24-hour care and has medical professionals and social workers in mind.

The writer said he wants to show the hope and fulfilment he’s enjoyed looking after the love of his life - in an otherwise “harrowing” situation.

He said: “I hope that these notes about my experiences as a 24/7 carer for Margaret help to explain what real life is like for many family carers who spend most of their time at the front line.”

In the story, Mr Wearden praises services in Bromley which he mentioned help him to cope with the grief and demands of the disease. 

The tale's described as one of “love, devotion and stress” – and although sad also highlights the work of carers in the community.

Linda Gabriel, chair of dementia and mental health charity Bromley Mind, said the work is a “thoughtful and moving account of 15 years spent caring” and helps readers understand more.

“Caring for a relative with dementia is very demanding, both practically and emotionally.

“Anyone involved in dementia care, either personally or professionally, will benefit from sharing Tom's experiences.”

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