This is former BBC Children’s TV presenter, John Noakes, who passed away today at the age of 83. John had Alzheimer’s for the last few years of his life, and what that was like for him and those who cared for him, one can only imagine.
I term Alzheimer’s or dementia, the silent killer. The brain cells are dying off, rendering the sufferer to an everyday existence of loneliness and frustration. I have friends and relatives whose members of their own families have Alzheimer’s or dementia. It’s a wearying life for the carers, seeing their loved ones disintegrate and the person they once knew, gone forever.
As in all cases, we will remember those who have passed on as they once were, lively and popular. Those adjectives can best describe John Noakes. His family will want to remember the great days when he was a daredevil, outdoorsy presenter with no fear at all.
His suffering and pain is now over, and that, harsh as it sounds, is a blessing for the sufferer and the carers. No one should live their life without knowing what is going on around them. I hope that doesn’t happen to yours truly. I can assure you that I would want my pain and suffering to end, even though I wouldn’t realise it. Alzheimer’s and dementia – the silent killer…
Allen Brooks xx