Son moved to complete Highnam Memory Walk after seeing mum changed by dementia
LOVING son Jeffrey Hogg has seen his dear, active mum turned into a "different person" by Alzheimer's disease.
Jeffrey, a retired engineer of Highnam, has watched as his mother's condition has deteriorated rapidly in the last year.
Prior to being diagnosed in September 2011, mum Lilian was an active 98-year-old who was often out and about socialising.
Seeing the disease's devastating effects has spurred him on to do his part to help the Alzheimer's Society tackle the disease. He will be taking part in the Memory Walk at Highnam Court this Sunday.
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Jeffrey, who will be joined on the walk by daughter Sarah, said: "Up until last year she was a very active person and it is really sad to see her memory has mostly gone and at times she cannot remember who I am.
"She cannot remember times, places or most people and has no perception of the hour of the day or what year she is living in.
"When I visit I can only sit with her for three quarters of an hour because after that she becomes very agitated and usually just repeats the same five questions on a loop.
"She is a very different person to who she was a year ago and that is quite scary.
"It is difficult to know when someone is just forgetful because of old age or when it has turned into dementia.
"That is why I want to do the Memory Walk to help raise as much money for the Society to help people like my mum in the future."
Walkers can sign up for the Memory Walk as late as before the start of the event on Sunday.
Registration opens at 10am ahead of the start at 11am.
There are currently more than 8,600 people living with dementia in Gloucestershire. The walk will raise vital funds for the work of the charity with those suffering from dementia and their carers.
Lorna Robertson, Alzheimer's Society's locality manager for Gloucestershire, said: "It's great to have Jeffrey attending the Gloucester Memory Walk this year.
"Memory Walk is a fantastic way to spend a Sunday."