Great Uncle Hugh and Great Auntie Jean Romer are in their mid nineties and have recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Hugh and Jean are the third generation to occupy our family house, and they will be the last.
My father visits often and I do when I can. We both admire them and are saddened for them as they sink deeper into their state of dementia, and as a house once rich with memories is reduced to closed doors and dark halls.
Hugh and Jean have recently been told they must leave their home in Mortlake Road. Their full-time care has exhausted their finances and the house must be sold for them to receive any form of future care. Their dementia makes this a difficult situation to grasp. We just hope they know they are loved.
...The realities of an ageing population.