Coronavirus epidemic: Lonely ordeal of dementia sufferers and carers in lockdown

And those feelings have been made worse by the self-isolation needed to tackle the coronavirus epidemic. Here, former headteacher Keith Oliver details what life in lockdown has been like as a dementia sufferer. Keith, from Canterbury, Kent, who was diagnosed in 2010, aged 55, said: "I have been self-isolating with my wife Rosemary for over five weeks now. It has really surprised me how difficult it's been. More than half my care plan is based around doing more activities to help me keep well, some of which have just disappeared.

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"Keeping busy, keeping up your hobbies and routines and being physically active is so key to preventing my symptoms from worsening.

"I was fearful that being at home was going to take me back to when I was diagnosed. I had felt isolated from everyone and it felt like I'd stopped being me. Not being able to see family and friends is incredibly difficult and though it's all right talking to them on the phone or a screen, it's just not the same. One of my biggest fears is how I will be able to function and get support once the Government's guidance starts to relax. What abilities will I have lost?

"I've always found going outside

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