Maureen White, a 52-year old woman with Alzheimer’s disease in Plymouth, answers our questions.
What’s changed most since your diagnosis?
I sometimes get lost or disorientated in places I know, and I find it very hard if I go somewhere I don’t know. If I’m with friends or family, then I’m fine.
What would you take to your desert island?
An album of 1980s music – that’s my era – and Queen CDs. Also a Kindle, as I like adventure and crime books… and I don’t mind a romance.
How has Alzheimer’s Society helped you?
When I was first diagnosed, the Society helped with benefit claims and pointed me to local services. I was also introduced to a Side by Side volunteer. We meet every couple of weeks, have a chat and maybe go for a walk. It makes sure I get out, even if it’s raining.
What song or tune sums up your life so far?
Don’t stop believin’ – Journey’s original version – because I can still do stuff, even with Alzheimer’s.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
Ages 16 to 21, when I used to go out every weekend with friends. We went on holidays together – quite a few Club 18–30 holidays! I still remember all of them. Although people have moved away, we’re still in touch on Facebook.
What is your most treasured possession?
Family photos. My favourite is a black and white picture of Mum and Dad on Weymouth beach, from when they were ‘courting’.
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