Veronica Williams, a 73-year old woman with dementia in London, answers our questions.
What would you take to your desert island?
All I want is my gospel music CD and Bible. Music relaxes me, I listen to the words. They wake up the ‘inner man’ in me. Although I won’t be remembering what I’m reading, when I read the Bible I’m reading the word of God.
What single thing would improve your quality of life?
I’ve got something – I have a partner now, he knows about my dementia. We’re the same age. He takes me places, we go out for a meal twice a week. He took me to Jamaica and we’re going to Venice. We’ve been friends for nearly two years. He’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me, and he’d say the same thing.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
I’d like to go back to age 17, just leaving school. I was heading for my career, and by age 20 I had my own hairdressing business.
What is your most treasured possession?
My four children, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren are my treasure. We’re close, it comes from the way your parents bring you up.
My mum was the queen. Mum and Dad had it hard when they first came to this country in the 1950s, there weren’t many black people around.
The house was always full of people – they always made sure there was room.