The heartbreaking moment grandmother with dementia, just aged 65, meets her two young grandchildren for the ‘first time’ – after forgetting her daughter had children
- A grandmother suffering from dementia met her grandchildren for ‘the first time’
- Jade Mead captured the heartbreaking moment on camera
Thousands have been moved to tears after seeing a grandmother with dementia “meet” her two young grandchildren, despite seeing them countless times before.
Jade Mead, from Perth, captured the emotional moment when her 65-year-old mother saw grandchildren Marli, three, and Lottie, now eight weeks old.
“I had a baby seven weeks ago and my mother who suffers from dementia forgets I have children so it’s like a new meeting every time,” she wrote.
“Dementia is a terrible disease, but I try to focus on the positives.”
A TikTok video posted shows Jade sitting in the driver’s seat of her car, looking back as her mother adores the youngsters from the back door.
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Jade Mead from Perth (pictured) captured the emotional moment on camera when her 65-year-old mother saw grandchildren Marli (3) and Lottie (8 weeks)
The footage shows Jade looking back in the driver’s seat of her car as her mom loves the kids in the backseat (pictured)
“Oh my God, you beautiful children. Is this your baby? How old is she?’ Jade’s mom asks in the clip and she replies: Yes, [she’s] my baby. She will be seven weeks tomorrow.’
The grandmother wonders aloud if she knew Jade had a baby and if she had met her yet.
“You did, but you would have forgotten,” Jade replied, encouraging her oldest daughter to say “Hi nanny.”
Jade then reminds her mother of her daughters’ names and the two continue to admire the “precious” children.
“I had a baby seven weeks ago and my mother who suffers from dementia forgets I have kids so it’s like a new meeting every time,” Jade wrote.
Since being shared on TikTok, the video has received more than three million views and thousands of comments.
“Well done for not frightening her that she can’t remember,” one of them said.
“I’m amazed at how well she takes it herself! “Did I know that ‘.. so precious,” added another.
A third wrote: “You are so strong. This broke me.’
“I can’t imagine how hard this is for Marli as well, not quite understanding about babysitting,” added another.
According to Dementia Australia, the disease used to describe memory loss is the second leading cause of death of all Australians.
It is estimated that by 2023, more than 400,000 Australians will be living with dementia.
What percentage of Australians have dementia?
Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of diseases that cause a progressive decline in a person’s functioning. It is a broad term used to describe a loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical functioning.
Dementia is the second leading cause of death for all Australians and preliminary data shows that dementia is likely to soon be the leading cause of death.
Dementia is the leading cause of death for women.
It is estimated that by 2023, more than 400,000 Australians will be living with dementia. Without a medical breakthrough, the number of people with dementia is expected to increase to more than 800,000 by 2058
- 1 in 12 people aged 65 and older has dementia
- 2 out of 5 people aged 90 and older have dementia
- dementia prevalence rates are 3-5 times higher among Indigenous Australians