Family struggles with 32-year-old's dementia diagnosis: 'There is not much of Becky left'

Family struggles with 32-year-old's dementia diagnosis: 'There is not much of Becky left'
From Global News - September 6, 2017

About a year ago, Becky Barletta was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.

At the age of just 31, the ski instructor based in Suffolk, U.K., became one of the youngest cases of dementia doctors had seen, The Telegraph reports.

Barletta, who is now 32, lives in her parents home where she requires 24-hour care, the Cambridge News reports.

Speaking to the paper, Barlettas sister Sophie Gilbert, said her sister is loved by many.

I was always so proud of her, so proud to say, My sister is a ski instructor. I wasnt jealous of her but she was like the blonde bombshell compared to me, she said. She also talked about how rapid her sisters dementia had progressed.

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There is not much of our old Becky left. She repeats the same stories to us and says inappropriate things, she continued. I find it hard when we go out, she is off down the street asking people if they can make a funny noise and that sort of thing.

The family history

Gilbert has also set up a Just Giving page in honour of her sister to raise money for the Alzheimers Society in the U.K.

Whilst unfortunately this will not help Becky, we know she would want us to try and halt this vile disease in its tracks for the benefit of the future generations in our family and other families who have been affected by dementia, the page notes.

With a goal of raising 10,000, the fundraiser is more than half way there.

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The Telegraph adds Barlettas uncle, James, died in his 50s with the same condition, and her mothers cousin also died of the disease in her 40s.

Dementia by the numbers

According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, there are 564,000 Canadians living with dementia today. This number also includes Alzheimers disease, which is the most common form of dementia.

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