A 60 year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease answers our questions

What’s changed most since your diagnosis?

I seem to have more confidence now in speaking out about my diagnosis, but less with finding my way about in the car and doing paperwork.

How has Alzheimer’s Society helped you? 

I did a ‘Living well with dementia’ course and go to an art group, both of which I have found helpful, but it’s the staff that I find really encouraging and friendly. My daughter and I have set up a young-onset dementia café with their support.

What song or tune sums up your life so far?

The title of the Beatles’ A hard day’s night strikes a chord, so to speak, as I cared for my mum-in-law and my late husband, who both had dementia. But I didn’t know anything about Alzheimer’s Society then.

If you could go back in time, where would you go? 

To a family holiday in Florida about eight years ago. But my two granddaughters wouldn’t have been born, so they would have to travel back with me! We had such a good time and all my family was there, we had lots of laughs.

What is your most treasured possession? 

My wedding ring, because it reminds me of my late husband John. Unfortunately I have become allergic to it, so I have to wear it on a chain round my neck.

From the Dementia together magazine: April/May 18

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