Gladys Saroli’s frontotemporal dementia is a cruel disease but her husband, Jose, spends every day by her side

Gladys Saroli’s hand is warm and soft to the touch. She gives mine a gentle squeeze.

“Hola,” she greets me softly, but soon turns back to the daytime television that fills the common room. Her husband, Jose, is all smiles and handshakes beneath his black cap advertising Peru, the country of their birth, and observes: “Gladys, she look good and well.”

Clockwise from top: The door to Gladys’s room, and inside the room, which is adorned with labelled photographs and cues to assist with her dementia.

There is no cure for frontotemporal dementia and no treatment to alleviate symptoms

Gladys Saroli in her room.

Family birthdays she come back to our house in Epping. She is looking, looking. She is happy.

Clockwise from top: Jose comforts Gladys in the living room, Jose assists Gladys with her dinner.

No way. This is not what’s meant to be

Jose wipes Gladys’s brow as she drifts off to sleep.

Clockwise from top: Jose Saroli, and Jose assists Gladys in the bathroom.

There are so many factors in ensuring a person with dementia has good quality of life

As her dementia has worsened, Gladys is...


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