21 May 2013

Tune Your Engine - Parkinson's disease and dementia

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 3:09 pm on 21 May 2013

For nearly 40 years, they were a team. Wellington City Councillor and the City's first deputy mayor Helen Ritchie and her husband Peter. He was an engineer, building dams around the world and together they built a decent life. And then it all changed he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and early onset dementia. For the last four years of his life, Helen was his everything: Wife, Caregiver, support system, manager. As his illness progressed, Helen did not feel supported by what she calls an failing ad hoc health system. She's calling for a Royal Commission inquiry to investigate possible solutions in her book, Peter and Me: When a love story becomes a carer's anguish.