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Philip’s story: My wife got dementia in her fifties

A husband, whose wife developed dementia aged just 53, says seeing her illness progress has become “more and more distressing".

Philip Grant’s wife Liza was diagnosed with a rare condition called Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), after her family noticed “uncharacteristic” changes in her behaviour.

Liza displayed a “surprising lack of empathy” and “complete indifference” to people’s feelings, Philip said. “She used to be the most caring of people”, he added.

Philip, who is now a campaigner for Alzheimer's Research UK, eventually made the “most difficult decision” to put Liza in a care home. Here, he shares his diary of visiting her, eighteen months on.

This clip is originally from Afternoon Edition on Thursday 17 September 2015.

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