Takaya Honda \ How it feels to grieve a loved one still alive

You probably know Takaya Honda from the TV show Neighbours, where his on-screen character David got hitched as part of the first same-sex wedding on Aussie TV, as well as roles on Play School and The Family Law to name a few.

But you might not know behind closed doors, Takaya and his family are fighting a very real battle.

For the last decade, he has watched his mum Rhonda slip away after she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's at the age of just 52.

In this very honest chat, Takaya discusses what it’s like to grieve someone still alive along with the unique position his public platform has given him to support the families of the almost half a million Australians living with dementia, 30 thousand of those diagnosed with early-onset.

He also chats about what the experience has taught him and the way he’ll always remember his beautiful mum.

Takaya is a pillar of strength and resolve and I’ve no doubt you’ll be just as touched by the thoughtful and compassionate way he shares his story as I was.

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