‘What my dad’s dementia taught me’

Image caption Rajan describes his father as a “genial man with a mischievous glint in his eye”

When BBC presenter Rajan Datar learned that “his fathers” had dementia, it resulted him to discover that a combination of stigma, language obstacles and cultural changes were stopping many in the UK’s South Asian community from trying assistance. This is his experience.

My father Sudhakar is a friendly, genial human with a mischievous glint in his eye and always keen to share a joke.

He turns 85 in February and says he has enjoyed a fulfilled life. He was one of the first wave of immigrants from India and Pakistan who came to the UK in the 1950 s.

But in the last year or so, he and my mother Hema have noticed certain changes in his behaviour.

Image copyright Family photo Image caption Rajan as a young son, with his mother’s

He went through a stage of feeling very apathetic and unsociable, which was unusual for him as he has always been a very active and gregarious person.

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