Alcohol and Dementia: Case Study
Phillip, his wife, and a close family friend came to Sage House to meet one of our Wayfinders after Phillip was referred by his GP for a memory test. They wanted advice and guidance on how best to support Phillip as this was a very anxious and stressful time for them all.
Unfortunately, the memory assessment was not able to proceed because Phillip was drinking excessively, and it could only be completed if he reduced his usual drinking levels of two bottles of wine a day.
Their Wayfinder met separately with Phillip’s wife, and she confided in them that she struggled with his drinking, and he was becoming increasingly verbally aggressive, which was made worse when he had been drinking.
Phillip met with his Wayfinder, and after discussing the negative impact it was having on his health and marriage, they talked about ways to decrease his alcohol intake together. He agreed to try low alcohol wine as a way to reduce the amount he was drinking. Over the next 3 months, with support from his family and their Wayfinder, he successfully made the swap to low alcohol wine and is now waiting for his referral back into the NHS dementia assessment service, with ongoing support from the Wayfinding team.