France Savarimuthu, a 69-year old man in Newport who has dementia with Parkinsonism, answers our questions.
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What would you take to your desert island?
I would take the Bible to read but mostly I would take music. Reggae, soul, Indian music, bhangra, French music – I would take a little of everything.
‘I love music and I’ll never stop listening to new things,’ says France.
I used to write songs and play the harmonium, I did weddings. My mum would wait up until 5am until I came home, to check I was alright. I love music and I’ll never stop listening to new things.
How has Alzheimer’s Society helped you?
My friend Barry takes me out every Friday afternoon as part of Side by Side. I plan where I want to go and he takes me there. He’s very kind and supportive, he’s just a real friend. In a way he has helped me to be the way I was before.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
To when I was helping people as a nurse and at the same time training new nurses. I specialised in infectious disease, learning disabilities and general nursing. There’s something special about being part of generations of nurses and medical professionals, helping people every day through some of their darkest times.
‘I have a wonderful wife and a lovely son – they get me through everything,’ says France.
What is your most treasured possession?
What I’ve been through and the road I’ve taken. If I was still in Mauritius, I’d be heavily involved in politics because I don’t like injustice. I’ve worked in the NHS, oil rigs, steelworks and an airport. I have a wonderful wife and a lovely son – they get me through everything.
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