Step up against dementia

Brian Black with son and Dash for Dementia committee member Andrew Black. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Brian Black with son and Dash for Dementia committee member Andrew Black. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

FOR Leigh Barry, the hardest part of having a family member living with dementia is seeing the person you’ve known your whole life rapidly change before your eyes. 

Her father Brian Black was diagnosed with younger onset dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease three years ago at just 59-years-old. 

Although Mrs Barry says she knew nothing of the devastating disease before his diagnosis, there were signs that something wasn’t right. 

The former friendly family man and mechanic began acting reclusive, which the family later realised was caused by his condition. 

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